On Jan. 2, Paycor Stadium was uncharacteristically, chillingly silent. That was the moment Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after a routine play during the first quarter of a game with the Bengals, just seconds after colliding with Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin collapsed to the ground and underwent nine minutes of CPR on the field as teammates and more than 60,000 fans openly wept and prayed. Field medical staff quickly transported Hamlin to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's level 1 trauma center
, where he was intubated. For about a week, UC medical staff provided around-the-clock care for Hamlin as worried fans regularly held vigils outside the hospital. Today, Hamlin is on the road to recovery, thanks largely to UC caregivers. Though he hasn’t been cleared to play — and may not for a long time — Hamlin has credited Cincinnati doctors with saving his life and changing his outlook on his situation. uchealth.com.