On January 2, during Monday Night Football, Hamlin, 24, was tackled by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and suffered a cardiac arrest. After receiving CPR on the field, Hamlin was quickly taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is still in critical condition as of Tuesday night in the intensive care unit.
Since the tragedy, a huge number of supporters, athletes, and members of the media have used social media and television to ask for good thoughts and prayers for Hamlin.
Orlovsky took the opportunity to pray live on-air during NFL Live to show his support for Hamlin.
Orlovsky said: “Maybe this is not the right thing to do but it’s just on my heart that I wanna pray for Damar Hamlin right now. I’m gonna do it out loud, I’m gonna close my eyes, I’m gonna bow my head and I’m just gonna pray for him.God, we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard, because we believe that you’re God and that coming to you and praying to you has impact.”
He went on to say, “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, to be with his family, to give him peace.
Orlovsky concluded his prayer with,”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.”
Orlovsky’s spontaneous prayer has been widely praised on social media. Following his prayer on NFL Live, Orlovsky took to Twitter and tweeted, “Matthew 18:20,” and “Isaiah 54:17.”