PHILADELPHIA — Nick McCloud, a 24-year-old Giants cornerback, dropped Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts late in the second quarter Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. McCloud got to his feet and held up three fingers, in honor of his friend and former Bills teammate, Damar Hamlin, who wears jersey No. 3.
“It was just emotional,’’ McCloud said after the Giants’ 22-16 loss. “Even going out for the warm-up was just emotional. Because when I was in [Buffalo], me and him used to warm up together every day before practice. So from going out for the warm-up to getting the sack and making a play for the team, and knowing he was probably going to see the play, it was emotional all the way around.”
Hamlin, the 24-year old Bills safety, is recovering from a frightening medical ordeal. He went into cardiac arrest last week when he collapsed after a routine hit by Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. It was a life-threatening situation, and Hamlin is on the road to recovery.
Giants safety Jason Pinnock was a college teammate of Hamlin’s for four years at Pittsburgh and last week was too emotionally distraught to discuss Hamlin’s condition.
“Until I finally saw him, able to move around, and take calls and talk to people,’’ Pinnock said. “I wasn’t going to be relieved until I saw him.”
The Giants wore T-shirts honoring Hamlin emblazoned with “Love for Damar’’ with the No. 3.
“I FaceTimed with him from the locker room,’’ Pinnock said. “I sent him a picture of me in the shirt before the game, and