Bills’ Damar Hamlin speaks publicly for the first time in heartwarming video

Damar Hamlin thanks.

For the first time Hamlin has spoken publicly since suffering cardiac arrest against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2, Buffalo Bills safety thanked those who supported him Saturday at heartwarming video posted by Buffalo’s Twitter account.

“I think it was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time because there was a lot to process inside myself,” the 24-year-old said at the start of the video. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the love and support and everything that just came my way. What happened to me on “Monday Night Football: I feel is a direct example of God using me as a vehicle to share my passion and love straight from my heart with the whole world.

Hamlin may have a long recovery on the field, but he thanked a number of people, including the Bills’ training staff and staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center – both of whom have helped Hamlin stay in life.

Bills’ coaches resuscitated Hamlin after he collapsed. Safety then remained at the Cincinnati hospital, where he was removed from a breathing tube in just days.

After his collapse, Hamlin became an icon and instantly united the NFL community – the safety recovery inspiring his team in their playoff push. Hamlin said in the video that he was especially grateful for the support of his teammates during his recovery.

“To the entire Bills organization, my brothers who have made it their priority to uplift me spiritually, mentally and in every way possible. … I’m proud to be a part of this team. I’m proud to be able to call you my brothers said Hamlin.

Hamlin’s collapse sent shockwaves through the sports world, with people praying for his speedy recovery.
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The Bills then lost to the Bengals in the Divisional Round last week, but Hamlin watched from a sequel – despite rumors that broke there was a brace in his place.

Hamlin also spoke of the tremendous support he has received for his charity, Chasing Millions, and how grateful he is to be able to help the future of children.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field.
Hamlin became an icon after collapsing and united the NFL community.
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“Although I’m so grateful to everyone, I know it’s not enough to be grateful,” Hamlin said. “This is just the beginning of the impact I wanted to have on the world… I couldn’t do it without the support and love and I look forward to continuing to take you on this journey with me.”

A smiling Hamlin then raised his hands to form a heart – his signature sign.

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