PITTSBURGH — Like most everyone else, Kenny Pickett was watching television with his friend when he saw Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapse on the field on Monday Night Football.
Unlike everyone else, Pickett has known Hamlin since he first committed to Pitt back in 2016. Hamlin was one class ahead of Pickett at Pitt, and the two spent four seasons on the gridiron together from 2016-20.
Pickett said he’s thinking about Damar’s family and hoping for the best for everyone in tough times.
“Damar, he’s an unbelievable person,” Pickett said. “He does so much for the community. A guy from Pittsburgh, stayed home, could have went anywhere he wanted to, stay home and we had a great run together. He had an unbelievable career at Pitt. We were captains together in 2020. Just an all-around great person, great family. His brother was always around the facility. They’re just like Pitt family to all of us, myself included. Thoughts and prayers are with him. I’ve just been trying to keep in touch with his family through Coach Narduzzi. I’m sure they’re getting swamped with messages, but trying to stay up to date on how he’s doing. It seems like everything’s going in the right direction. I’m hoping for the best for him.”