Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made his first public comments Saturday since suffering an on-field cardiac arrest during a football game Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 24-year-old Hamlin tweeted that “the love is felt, & extremely real,” while expressing gratitude for the widespread support he has received during his hospitalization and recovery.
“Putting love into the world comes back 3xs as much…thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed. This will make me stronger on the road to recovery, keep praying for me!” Hamlin tweeted.
Following his collapse during the first quarter of Monday night’s game, Hamlin was administered CPR on the field by medical personnel before being loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the intensive care unit of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was sedated for several days. The Bills on Friday said he was showing significant improvement. A breathing tube was removed and he was able to breath on his own and talk.
Hamlin remained hospitalized Saturday, but the Bills shared that although he is still in critical condition, he continues to breath on his own, and his “neurological function is excellent.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also penned a message Saturday, describing Hamlin’s progress as “inspiring.”
“We are grateful for and humbled by all who played a role as he continues on his road to recovery,” Goodell wrote. “On behalf of the entire NFL, thank you.”
Players pray as the scoreboard displays a No. 3 in support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin prior to a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on Jan. 7, 2023, in Jacksonville, Florida.