By Peter Gleason
America was stunned when Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field Monday night.
The Bills safety suffered cardiac arrest after a vicious hit, and he was taken by ambulance to a Cincinnati hospital, where he is still in critical condition.
It was awful.
And it still is.
Which brings to the second- and third-day story.
Typically, the New York Times’ Kurt Streeter is a sane and talented voice.
WE’RE ALL COMPLICIT IN THE NFL VIOLENCE SPECTACLE
The appetite for football has never been higher, even as viewers look past the toll the sport takes on players’ lives. Damar Hamlin’s collapse during a prime-time game should force a reconsideration.
The horrors of Monday night sparked plenty of prayers for a man who very well could have died right before our eyes.
Damar Hamlin, a young safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsing to the turf in cardiac arrest after a routine hit. Medical workers trying to revive him for 10 minutes. Teammates in tears. An ambulance carrying him off to a hospital.
My prayer, aside from seeing Hamlin leave that Cincinnati hospital able to live a fruitful, productive life, is that we never watch a single snap of an N.F.L. game the same way again.
Too often, too many of us, myself included, watch the N.F.L. with narrow vision. We focus on what we can get out of these games, the diverting enjoyment, while playing down the risks to those like Hamlin who have steeled themselves to endure the pain and face the danger inherent to football.