GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Damar Hamlin has made it to the Super Bowl.
Buffalo Bills Security making his third appearance at Phoenix during Super Bowl weekthis time on the field at State Farm Stadium before Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been more than a month since Hamlin had a heart attack and needed to be resuscitated on the court in Cincinnati. Sunday’s appearance was another milestone in his remarkable recovery.
“I let it be in God’s hands,” Hamlin said in an interview with Fox’s Michael Strahan. “I’m just grateful he gave me a second chance.”
During the pregame procession, the NFL honored the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals’ training and medical staff, along with staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A minute later, Hamlin joined them, joining his hands to form a heart. He also received hugs from some of the first responders.
He also appeared on stage at the “NFL Honors” on Thursday night.
“All my life I have felt like God used me to give hope to others and now with his new circumstances, I can say he is doing what he has always done,” Hamlin said Thursday. “I have a long journey ahead, one full of unknowns and one full of accomplishments, but it’s so much easier to face your fears when you know your goal.”
Hamlin collapsed on the court after colliding with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins on January 2. The sight of an elite level athlete nearly dying on the court sent shockwaves through the NFL and the world.
AP Sports writer John Marshall contributed to this report.
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