Damar Hamlin is on the road to recovery. The Buffalo Bills safety was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center this week to a medical center in Buffalo to continue his treatment. It's been just over a week since the accident, and Hamlin is in good spirits sharing updates on his health as his journey continues. Here's what to know.
The 24-year-old athlete was drafted to the NFL in 2021 and spent his first season as a reserve player. But at the start of this year, Hamlin was finally tapped to play the field. After starting safety player Micah Hyde suffered an injury, Hamlin stepped in and became one of the Bills' most valuable assets. However, after just a couple of games in, during a Monday night football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Hamlin collapsed on the field after tacking Bengals' wide receiver Tee Higgins. Following the fall, medics immediately rushed the field and, after 10 minutes of different medical tactics, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where it was announced he had suffered from cardiac arrest.
After a few terrifying days of living in the unknown, Hamlin showed incredible progress and woke up immediately asking his doctors who won the game! Since then, Damar has taken to his social media to show his appreciation to all his fans for all their love and support. Hamlin recently wrote on Instagram, "When you put real love out into the world, it comes back to you 3x's as much," he wrote. "The Love has been overwhelming, but I'm thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brung the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me! #3strong."
The NFL community has truly come together to show their support for their friend and colleague during this tough time. In honor of Hamlin, fellow athletes and fans have raised over $8 million dollars for the football player's non-profit organization, The Chasing M's Foundation. As Week 18 approaches, and we're getting closer to the Super Bowl, athletes are wearing "Love For Damar" warm-up shirts, and fields have outlined his number "3" at the 30-yard line with Bills' colors in his honor.