Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin made his first-ever video remarks since his on-field collapse earlier this month in an Instagram video published Saturday evening.
Captioned as a “From The Heart” message, the video was reportedly shot from the Buffalo Bills’ facility in Orchard Park, New York.
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He began his message by explaining why he’d waited so long to speak out.
“I think it’s finally a good time to share a few things. I think it was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time, as it was just a lot to process within my own self mentally, physically, even spiritually,” he said.
Hamlin continued by thanking everyone for all the support he’s received.
“I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of all the love, all the support and everything that’s just been coming in my way. What happened to me on ‘Monday Night Football’ I feel is a direct example of God using me as a vessel to share my passion and my love directly from my heart with the entire world,” he said.
“And I’m able to give it back to kids and communities all across the world who need it the most, and that’s always been my dream. That’s always been what I stood for and what I will continue to stand for,” Hamlin added.
The public was greatly appreciative of his kind words:
Love ❤️ right back to you !
— Wynn Westmoreland (@WynnWs) January 28, 2023
I am so glad you are alive and doing so well. I was so worried about your wellbeing when you fell. I hope you have nothing short of a beautiful, wonderful life from here on out. You are loved!
— Christina Hendriks (@renissance_1) January 29, 2023
So grateful you are getting better. It’s good to [finally] hear from you. You have been through so much. God has given you a miracle to use. The right people were there for you at the right time! Keep the faith!
— MMDO (@DoMidlife) January 29, 2023
God bless you honey!! So happy to see that beautiful handsome happy and healthy face of yours. So much continued love and light and healing vibes your way! Can’t wait to see all the amazing things you do. ❤️❤️❤️ The world is a better place with you in it.
— Yvonne Sayers (@theyvonnesayers) January 29, 2023
Couldn’t imagine how hard that situation must have been for you and your family, I’m glad that this has been a positive outcome and the support you have given back to your team and fans is amazing. True qualities of a great role model. Can wait to see you play again
— Chris Folk (@ChrisFolk5) January 29, 2023
Speaking of the public, he also thanked them for donating $9 million to his Chasing M foundation’s toy drive in the wake of his collapse.
“That was something that was started even way before I made it to the NFL, something that was started small just to be able to affect my small community back at home, McKees Rocks [Pennsylvania],” he said.
“I just wanted to be able to play my role and do my part in my community as I ventured off and to chase my dreams of making the NFL, and you guys have just took that and blown it away, and I’m so excited for the things that I have planned in the future for these kids all across the country now,” he added.
As previously reported, Hamlin collapsed on the field after tackling another player during a Jan. 2nd game against the Cincinnati Bengals
It was later learned that he’d suffered from cardiac arrest. It took a few weeks, but Hamlin finally reappeared in the public spotlight again last weekend during another game against the Bengals, albeit just as a spectator.
Welcome home, @HamlinIsland. ❤️#CINvsBUF | #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/OG88gibcVv
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 22, 2023
Speaking of which, Hamlin thanked both the Bills and Bengals in his Instagram video.
“To the entire Bills organization, my brothers who made it a priority to lift me up spiritually, mentally, and in every way possible, reaching out every day, seeing how I was doing, calling, texting, you know, just checking up on me no matter the situation, I’m proud to be a part of this team. I’m proud to be able to to call you guys my brothers,” he said.
“To the city of Cincinnati, the Bengals, and the entire NFL, just for putting team allegiance aside to root for one kid’s life, and just the humanity of a player, you know, that’s wearing Buffalo blue, you put humanity above team loyalty, you showed the world unity over division. I’m not surprised by it, but I’m deeply grateful, and I’ll be forever thankful and indebted,” he added.
And of course he thanks his friends and family.
All was good about the video except for one thing. The conspiracy theorists. Ever since his reappearance last week, some conspiracy theorists have been claiming that he’s dead and that the person seen at the game had been a body double.
Unfortunately, this theory is still running hot:
This could have been filmed for almost anything else previous to the heart attacks… he doesn’t mention anything other than being thankful…. No mention of the incident at all.
— Thegr8Awakening (@AwakeningThegr8) January 29, 2023
There’s also a theory that Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was caused by the COVID vaccine. While no evidence has emerged to substantiate this theory, some of Hamlin’s fans would like him to address it as well.
I think this question needs to be asked. Do you feel the covid-19 shot had anything to do with your heart stopping? Did you ask the Doctors that question? I would love to hear if you did. I am praying for you and glad you are getting better.
— Vin (@vin1983) January 29, 2023
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