Damar Hamlin was honored on the field prior to the 2023 Super Bowl alongside the medical team that saved her life.
The Buffalo Bills’ safety was overseen by the athletic and medical staff of his team and the Bengals, as well as staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
This was his third appearance in the lead-up to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, taking the field at State Farm Stadium before kickoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been a little over a month since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati.
He also appeared on the “NFL Honors” stage on Thursday night after medical teams were recognized for their work.
Hamlin previously credited Buffalo Bills head coach Denny Kellington with saving his life after he collapsed following a collision during the Bills’ game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Kellington was among the first responders who helped revive him.
“I owe Denny my life, literally,” Hamlin told Good Morning America. “He loves to say he was just doing his job, which is true. That night he was literally the savior of my life, administering CPR on me.
“If it weren’t for someone showing up that day with a clear mind and whatever is going on in their personal life, just to put it aside and be present in the moment to really be able to do their job properly, that’s something I’m really grateful and do not devalue.”
Bills head coach Sean McDermott has previously praised the role of assistant track coach Kellington.
“For an assistant to find himself in that position and needing to take the action that he did and step up and take charge like he did – and there were others in the field as well – is nothing short of incredible,” McDermott said of Kellington. .
“And the courage it takes, you talk about a true leader, a true hero in saving Damar’s life and just admiring his strength.”
Hamlin made a brief appearance in Phoenix this week before Super Bowl Sunday to receive the NFLPA’s Alan Page Community Award.
The Buffalo Bills safety received the award at the Phoenix Convention Center on Wednesday, just over a month after suffering cardiac arrest and needing to be revived on the field in Cincinnati.
“One of my favorite quotes: It’s a blessing to be a blessing,” Hamlin said, reading a short statement with his parents onstage with him. “That said, I intend to never take this position for granted and always have an urgent approach to making a difference in the community I come from and also in communities around the world.”
Hamlin was one of five finalists for the Alan Page Award, which annually recognizes a player who strives to perform community service in his team’s hometown and/or hometown. His foundation received $100,000 from the award.
“Not only is he an individual who has overcome a tremendous amount, he is not only a person who reminds us how dangerous this game is, but also the spirit, the love, the joy, the brotherhood of the people who play this game.” NFLPA Executive Director Demaurice Smith said.
Hamlin’s Toy Raising fundraiser received windfall donations from GoFundMe in the days and weeks after the collapse. Since then, Chasing M’s has raised over $9 million.
“Giving back to my community has always been a part of who I am,” Hamlin said. “I’m thankful for my dad, who’s right here behind me, growing up watching him do community days in our community. I was always biding my time when it came.”
Additional reports per AP