Dan Orlovsky, ESPN football analyst and former football player, surprised and delighted sports viewers by leading a brief live prayer session Tuesday on behalf of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
Orlovsky kicked off the moment on “NFL Live” after covering Hamlin’s cardiac arrest during the Monday Night Football game. Because Hamlin still remains in critical condition, Orlovsky called for additional prayers for the soccer player.
“I heard the Buffalo Bills organization say we believe in prayer, and maybe that’s not the right thing to do, but it’s right on my heart and I want to pray for Damar Hamlin in this moment. I’m going to do it hard, I’m going to close my eyes and bow my head, and I’m just going to pray for him,” Orlovsky said.
He continued, “My God, we come to you in these times that we don’t understand, which are difficult because we believe you are God and coming to you and praying to you has an impact. We are sad. We are us. want answers, but some things are unanswered. We just want to pray, really come to you and pray for Damar’s strength, for Damar’s healing, for Damar’s comfort. Be with his family to give him peace.
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“If we didn’t believe prayer didn’t work, we wouldn’t be asking you this, my God. I believe in prayer. We believe in prayer. We raise the name of Damar Hamlin in your name. Amen,” he said. he concluded. .
Several sports fans and commentators hailed Orlovsky’s live prayer for Hamlin on Twitter as “powerful”.
“Dan Orlovsky didn’t just tweet ‘pray for Damar Hamlin’. He paused during NFL Live, bowed his head and prayed. Powerful, brave and genuine,” the writer wrote. Outkick sportsman Mark Harris.
“It’s as powerful as it gets. Praying on national TV probably wasn’t an easy thing to do…but @danorlovsky7 did just that. Let’s all follow his lead and keep praying for Hamlin,” the loft agreed. ClutchPoints writer Joey Mistretta.
“Faith on the Field” host Rob Maaddi wrote, “Proud of you brother. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them.”
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Entrepreneur Joe Pompliano tweeted, “Thank you to Dan Orlovsky for not only saying thoughts and prayers, but also stopping NFL Live to bow your heads, close your eyes and pray for Damar Hamlin. Congratulations to you , @danorlovsky7.”
“the power of prayer,” commented Brooke Fletcher, host of “The Rally.”
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. Dan Orlovsky just prayed for Damar Hamlin live on @espn a few moments ago. See below. “So teach us to count our days, so we can present to you a heart of wisdom.” -Psalm 90:12 @danorlovsky7,” Professor Denny Burk remarked.
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Football players across the league echoed calls for prayer after Hamlin collapsed during the Buffalo Bills game. Hamlin’s teammates gathered on the pitch shortly after he collapsed for a group prayer.