Truly Incredible: ESPN's Dan Orlovsky Stops Commentary to Pray For Damar Hamlin Live On-Air

Brittany M. Hughes | January 4, 2023
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In the midst of thousands of people (and more than a few on-air reporters) sending Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky took it a step further Tuesday afternoon in what can only be described as a refreshing and rare moment of sincerity and conviction.

And, frankly, courage.

Instead of simply wishing Hamlin well, Orlovsky took the largely unprecedented step of actually stopping his commentary, closing his eyes, and praying directly to God for the player’s return to health after Hamlin suffered a massive cardiac event on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night.

"I heard the Buffalo Bills organization say that we believe in prayer, and maybe this is not the right thing to do, but it’s just on my heart and I want to pray for Damar Hamlin right now. I’m going to do it out loud. ’m going to close my eyes and bow my head, and I’m just going to pray for him," Orlovsky said.

"God, we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard because we believe that you’re God and coming to you and praying to you has impact,” he continued. “We’re sad. We’re angry. We want answers, but some things are unanswerable. We just want to pray, truly come to you and pray for strength for Damar, for healing for Damar, for comfort for Damar. Be with his family to give him the peace."

"If we didn’t believe that prayer didn’t work, we wouldn’t ask this of you, God. I believe in prayer. We believe in prayer. We lift up Damar Hamlin’s name in Your name. Amen," he ended.

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It’s not very often you see a media personality - much less one on an increasingly left-leaning outlet - give much deference to God by name, much less stop in the middle of a broadcast to pray. And the moment wasn’t lost on social media.

Not long after the clip began making the rounds on Twitter, Orlovsky retweeted the post with a simple Scripture reference to Matthew 18:20, which reads, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Hamlin, who is being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, remains in critical condition and unable to breathe on his own after suddenly collapsing on the field after making a tackle only nine minutes into Monday night's game. The game was suspended and officials have not announced a date to resume it.

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