Damar Hamlin is expected to make a professional football comeback in the near future.
The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety was hospitalized last month after collapsing on the field during his team’s match against Cincinnati Bengals.
Following the shocking Monday Night Football match incident, it has come to light that Hamlin had suffered a cardiac arrest and that there was a chance he would never resume his professional football career after being hooked on a ventilator for days.
Now, however, a top NFL players union doctor suggested that Hamlin will once again play professional football. The news comes shortly after the young athlete was discharged from the hospital.
“I guarantee you that Damar Hamlin will play professional football again,” Dr. Thom Mayer, NFL Players Association medical director, said on the ‘Heart to Heart’ program by SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio.
The good news comes as Hamlin made a short Super Bowl appearance in Phoenix to claim his NFLPA’s Alan Page Community Award.
“One of my favorite quotes: it’s a blessing to be a blessing,” the young safety said while accompanied by his parents on the Phoenix Convention Center stage.
“With that being said, I plan to never take this position for granted and always have an urgent approach to making a difference in the community where I come from and also communities across the world.”
The award comes after Hamlin’s toy drive reached over $9 million in donations in the weeks following his collapse in the field.
“Giving back to my community has always been a part of who I am,” the footballer said of his selfless initiative.
“I’m thankful for my father, who’s right here behind me, growing up watching him doing community days in our community. I always was waiting on my time when it came.”
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