Damar Hamlin promises fans they will ‘hear from him soon’ as Bills safety prepares to speak publicly for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17
- Damar Hamlin is readying his first public words since suffering a cardiac arrest
- Hamlin has not yet publicly spoken since his collapse in Ohio on January 2
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Bills star Damar Hamlin has promised fans ‘y’all will hear from me soon’ as he continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.
Hamlin – a sixth round pick from the 2021 NFL draft is still recovering from the horrifying collapse against the Cincinnati Bengals on ‘Monday Night Football’ in Week 17, in which he needed to be resuscitated twice after nearly dying on the field of Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
Hamlin, who was in attendance to see the Bills’ season-ending playoff loss to the Bengals, tweeted Tuesday: ‘Thankful for all the GENUINE love, thoughts & prayers from all across the world.. y’all will hear from me soon!’
Damar Hamlin has promised he will address fans ‘soon’ following his cardiac arrest this month
Hamlin has not yet publicly spoken since his collapse at Paycor Stadium in Ohio on January 2
Hamlin was the guest of honor in an emotional scene at Sunday’s Bills-Bengals playoff game in Western New York, as the injured safety made his first public appearance since suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing when the two teams faced weeks earlier.
Hamlin made the shape of a heart – his trademark celebration – with his hands as he appeared on the scoreboard in Orchard Park from a luxury suite atop Highmark Stadium.
He also greeted teammates earlier in the locker room before the game.
The 24-year-old Pittsburgh native has made a remarkable recovery in the weeks since he was successfully revived on the field at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati following a hit on the Bengals’ Tee Higgins.
Hamlin (left) had a cardiac arrest after a tackle playing against the Bengals back on January 2
Hamlin was administered CPR on the field and was taken by ambulance to a Cincinnati hospital
That recovery was visible on Sunday, when Hamlin was seen standing behind a pane of glass from his luxury suite and not limited to a wheelchair.
But Jordan Rooney – Hamlin’s marketing representative – has called for patience after he disclosed that the Bills player ‘still requires oxygen’ and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after affects.’
‘Though he is able to visit the team’s facility, Damar is not in position to travel often, and requires additional rest to help his body heal,’ he added.
Hamlin had tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter of the pivotal Monday night game on January 2 – when the two teams last met – and got up briefly before falling backwards to the ground and laying motionless.
He was attended to by members of the Bills training staff, including Denny Kellington – who was identified as the man who gave Hamlin necessary CPR.
Bills safety Hamlin was released from hospital in Buffalo and continued his recovery at home
Hamlin made the shape of a heart with his hands as he appeared on the scoreboard in Orchard Park from a luxury suite atop Highmark Stadium Sunday during the Bills’ playoff game
Hamlin spent more than a week in the hospital, part of that time in critical condition, before eventually being able to return home after making encouraging progress.
Since being released Hamlin has visited the Bills’ training facility almost on a daily basis, according to team personnel, but his recovery is expected to take a long time.
Bills coach Sean McDermott admitted that his players may’ve been ’emotionally worn out’ after Hamlin’s cardiac arrest earlier in January, following their season-ending loss.
But McDermott was quick to insist that it’s no excuse for Sunday’s Divisional Round defeat to the Bengals, as the Bills coach claims Buffalo has ‘to make every move possible’ to soon win a Super Bowl.
Fans have thrown their support behind Hamlin, holding up his name in letters on January 8
A mural dedicated to Bills safety Hamlin in the Larkinville neighborhood of Buffalo
‘I’m not going to discount that,’ he said when asked if his players were mentally or emotionally worn down after what they and the city had been through this season, including Hamlin’s collapse and Buffalo’s harsh winter conditions, displayed in Sunday’s loss when both teams played in one-to-three inches of snow.
‘But I’m not going to use it as an excuse,’ he added, via NFL Network’s Mike Giardi.
To give back to the hospital that saved his life, Hamlin launched a series of t-shirts with proceeds going back to the UC Medical Center.
The Bills player has also set up charity toy drives to raise money for his local community.
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