It seems that the Buffalo Bills have removed Damar Hamlin’s number from the back of its team ambulance. The No. 3 decals that were prominently displayed on the windows earlier in the season were notably absent on Sunday.
Damen Harris experienced a frightening injury during Week 6 against the New York Giants, leaving the game on a backboard in the ambulance. Fortunately, the 26-year-old running back has since returned to action.
As Harris exited the field on October 15, observers noticed an unusual tribute to Damar Hamlin – his number was visibly displayed “hanging in the rafters” on the back of the medical vehicle.
The decision to feature Hamlin’s number and name on the ambulance sparked some division. While some, including the team, considered it a unique way to honor his resilience, others found it peculiar.
Hamlin was diagnosed with commotio cordis after collapsing on the field during Monday Night Football last season, a terrifying incident that garnered global attention beyond the football community. His remarkable recovery positions him as a strong contender for the comeback player of the year award in 2023.
However, the incident occurred in Cincinnati, making it somewhat unusual to pay tribute to him on the team ambulance in upstate New York, especially while he was on the sidelines.
It appears that the Buffalo Bills have heeded the backlash, signaling that it’s time for both the team and Damar Hamlin to move on from this particular tribute.