Ever since Damar Hamlin’s terrifying injury on Monday night, we’ve seen an incredible amount of support pouring in from all areas of the world for the 24-year-old football player.
It all began on the field, with players, coaches, and other team personnel instantly reminding everyone that football is more than just an intensely competitive game. We saw several members of both the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals pause in support, showing their obvious concern for one of their fellow athletes.
Then, another form of support emerged when the internet quickly sprung into action, uncovering Hamlin’s ‘The Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive’. This was a fundraiser Hamlin started back when he was in college, playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers. His original goal was something small, hoping to reach up to $2,500 in donations.
Despite existing since 2020, Hamlin’s fundraiser had not yet reached its initial goal as of January 2022. That all changed in a matter of hours, shortly after his situation intensified.
Hamlin’s fundraiser began growing by hundreds of thousands of dollars and now, as of this posting, is up to $7.3 million in donations and continuing to grow at a rapid rate.
Damar Hamlin’s jersey sales proceeds to be donated
But that’s not all. According to John Breech of CBS Sports, Hamlin’s jersey is the best-seller on Fanatics.com among all sports athletes. Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin has also revealed that all proceeds from the sales will be donated to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s foundation.
Those interested in purchasing a Buffalo Bills No. 3 jersey bearing Hamlin’s name can shop here. Jerseys are available in blue, and custom jerseys can be made in white as well.
Even NFL players are trying to scoop up a Hamlin jersey, with New York Jets rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner trying to get his hands on one before his Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday, Jan. 8.
Based on these reports, it sounds like he’s not the only one. For the record, Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin chimed in and will be supplying Gardner with a jersey that reaches him in time for Sunday’s showdown.