American football player Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an NFL game in early January and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, will still be able to play at the professional level.
As explained by the official physician of the Professional Players Association (NFLPA) Thom Mayer, the 24-year-old will be able to play in the League again NFL: “I guarantee it will Damar Hamlin played professional football again.”
Hamlin, a member of the Buffalo Bills, collapsed and lay on the field after being hit by an opponent during a Jan. 2 game against Cincinnati. There, the medical team revived him, and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition, where he later recovered well. He was quickly transferred to a home hospital in Buffalo, and on January 11 he was already in home care. At the end of January, he was able to watch his teammates’ last game in the regular season from the stands.
Recipient of the Social Engagement Award
Association NFLPA also announced that Hamlin is the recipient of this year’s Alan Page Award for Community Engagement. His foundation Chasing M, which he used to raise funds to buy toys in his home district of Pittsburgh, experienced a tremendous boom after his health problems. Instead of the expected few thousand dollars on the fundraising website, the foundation has already collected nine million dollars.
“I never take things for granted. I will always strive for the community I come from. Being able to give something back to her is a big part of me. This award will make the mission even easier.” Hamlin said.