For the first time since recovering from cardiac arrest, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin participated in a game at Highmark Stadium as his team faced the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC divisional round on Sunday.
It was snowed in, but that didn’t stop Hamlin from bundling up and heading to a suite where he was finally shown it on the Jumbotron.
As expected, Bills fans went wild to see Hamlin cheering the crowd and making a heart with his hands for all those who have been rooting for him since his incident against the Bengals in week 17 of the regular season.
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«What a beautiful and triumphant story that moved the nation,» said CBS announcer Jim Nantz.
Hamlin was also seen being wheeled by a cart to the Bills’ locker room, where he spoke with his teammates before kickoff.
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As Nantz said, this was a tragic moment that not only brought the Bills closer together as a team, but the entire nation came together to support Hamlin and his family after he collapsed on the field of Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on January 2. . The team doctors acted. quickly, restoring his heart rate on the field and rushed him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further treatment.
Everyone rejoiced when Hamlin’s condition improved to the point where doctors said he asked them who won that Week 17 matchup between the Bills and Bengals. The doctor responded by saying, «You did it. You won the game of life.»
Since then, Hamlin has used «Did we win?» as a slogan that is trying to get a trademark.
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Hamlin returned to the Bills team facility last week to speak with his teammates, who were more than thrilled to see him in the building once again. There were rumors that he was going to appear at the stadium before the Bills game against the Miami Dolphins, but he chose to stay home.
While Hamlin appears to be in good spirits and everything is headed in a positive direction, Jordan Rooney, Hamlin’s marketing representative, told the Associated Press that he still faces some hurdles moving forward.
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«Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to make sure there are no setbacks or sequelae,» Rooney said. «Although he is able to visit team facilities, Damar is not in a condition to travel frequently and requires additional rest to help his body heal.»