"I just came to show my support and love to the Bills family," Moran tells CityBeat.
Moran is wearing Bengals jersey #85, Tee Higgins’ jersey. During Monday night’s game at Paycor Stadium, Higgins collided with Hamlin during the first quarter. After tackling Higgins, Hamlin stood up, then immediately collapsed to the ground.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest, the team said, requiring nine minutes of CPR on the field as members of both teams looked on in shock. Players openly wept and prayed as emergency crews worked to restart Hamlin’s heart in front of a packed, hushed stadium.
Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance while hooked up to oxygen, ESPN reported.
“No one ever wants to see a player down like this,” Moran said.
Hamlin’s condition is still listed as critical as of press time. The Bills said he is sedated as he undergoes tests.
Bengals fans and Bills fans both flocked to UC Medical after the game was suspended to show their support for Hamlin. One of those fans was Brandon Metzger, who returned to UC Medical on Tuesday to refresh the signs of support laid out the night before.
“I’ve been a Chargers fan my whole life, but I’ve always supported the Bengals and absolutely love the city and the people around me,” Metzger said. “But right now, this isn’t about football; it’s about the Bills player right now that needs the love and support of every American. Bengals are not just an NFL team; Bills aren’t just an NFL team; it’s a family.”
The league made the call on Tuesday to suspend the Bills-at-Bengals game until further notice, saying it will not be rescheduled for any time this week.
Per the League: The Bills at Bengals game has been suspended until further notice. The NFL advised that last night’s game will not be resumed this week. No decision has been made to reschedule the game as well as any decision regarding this weekend's schedule.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 3, 2023
Standing outside of UC Medical in the rain, Moran said Bengals fans are focused on Hamlin right now, not the game.
"Cincinnati is here for him. The Bengals fans are right here,” Moran said.
Players and fans from both teams have taken to social media to wish Hamlin well. Scroll through the collection below to see the outpouring of support.
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