Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, expressed his gratitude during his first public comments on Saturday.
“I’m so thankful to everybody,” he said in a video he posted to Instagram and reshared on Twitter by the Bills. “I know that it isn’t enough just to be thankful. This is just the beginning of the impact I wanted to have on the world. And with God’s guidance, I will continue to do wonderful and great things. I couldn’t do this without any of the support and the love, and I can’t wait to continue to take you all on this journey with me.”
A special message from our guy @HamlinIsland. ❤️💙#LoveForDamar | #ForDamar pic.twitter.com/YF28bzeLJA
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 28, 2023
Hamlin has made remarkable progress in his recovery. He was transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Jan. 9 to a Buffalo hospital, then released from the Buffalo facility on Jan. 11 after faring well enough on a series of cardiac, neurological and vascular tests to be discharged. He has continued his rehabilitation at home since.
Hamlin attended the Bills’ Divisional Round loss to the Bengals last weekend.