Saints QB Andy Dalton One Of 1st To Donate To Damar Hamlin Fund, Partly Because Of Rich Relationship With Bills Fans

NEW ORLEANS - The Buffalo Bills Mafia of fans does not forget.

And New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton remembers.

Dalton was one of the first NFL players to donate to the GoFundMe for Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who needed CPR after a tackle in a game at Cincinnati Monday night.


Hamlin, a 24-year-old second-year player, remains hospitalized, but he has made significant improvement.

Dalton donated 3,000. Hamlin's GoFundMe has reached more than $7 million.

"This has been something that I have personally been affected by, especially with it happening to a Bills player," Dalton told reporters at the Saints' facilities. "The Bills fan base and just a lot of people that support at Buffalo have donated to my foundation through a win."

Andy Dalton TD Pass At Baltimore Put Bills In Playoffs In 2017

On Dec. 31, 2017, Dalton completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd on fourth-and-12 with 44 seconds left at Baltimore for a 31-27 win that knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs at 9-7. Buffalo won 22-16 at Miami that day to finish 9-7. But the Bills needed the Bengals to win to reach the playoffs for the first time since losing the Music City Miracle at Tennessee in 1999. Cincinnati finished 7-9, but the Bills were so thankful.


Buffalo lost its wild-card playoff a week later, 10-3, at Jacksonville, but Bills fans still showed their appreciation for Dalton by donating $415,000 to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation.

"Now, this is something completely different," Dalton said. "This is a tragedy. One way to show our support is we wanted to give back in the way that we can. That's just a small thing that we can do. The donation is small, but our family has been praying that he's going to push through. To see this fund get into the millions and contine to grow is something that shows that there's so many people who want to support and love Damar and his family."

Andy Dalton Witnessed Injury To Pittsburgh LB Ryan Shazier

Also in 2017 as the Bengals' quarterback, Dalton witnessed Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier making a head first tackle against Cincinnati, which resulted in him becoming a paraplegic.

"That was the first thing I thought of," Dalton said of seeing Hamlin's injury. "When you see a life and death situation in this game it makes you take a step back and think about it. Obviously, it's a freak accident that nobody expects is going to happen. But one thing it's done is everybody sees the humanity of the players and the unfortunate possibility of what can happen by playing this game."

New Orleans Saints tight end Lucas Krull and Hamlin were teammates at the University of Pittsburgh.

"I was sick to my stomach with tears filling my eyes," Krull told reporters on Wednesday. "You can't fall asleep because all you're thinking about is, 'Is he OK?' I know he's going to fight like hell."

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.