Man, it’s good to know that Damar Hamlin is officially 100% healthy.
It feels like it was yesterday when the Buffalo Bills safety suffered a cardiac arrest on the field while playing against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football back in January.
Hamlin had to be resuscitated on the field, and once again when he got to the hospital.
However, Hamlin defied the odds, and the Buffalo Bills announced today that the 25-year-old has been fully cleared to return to football.
Bills GM Brandon Beane made the announcement:
“They’re all in agreement — it’s not two to one or three to one or anything like that — they’re all in lockstep of what this was and that he is cleared to resume full activities just like anyone else that was coming back from an injury. He’s fully cleared. He’s here. And he is of the mindset — he’s in a great headspace — to come back and make his return.”
And now, Hamlin himself is finally speaking out about the clearance, as he made an appearance at a press conference today where he confirmed that he intended to make his return to the NFL.
On top of that, he also discussed the diagnosis:
“The diagnosis of what happened to me was basically commotio cordis. It’s a direct blow at a specific point in your heartbeat that causes cardiac arrest.
And five to seven seconds later, you fall out, and that’s pretty much what everybody’s seen Jan. 2 of this year. Commotio cordis is the leading cause of death in youth athletes across all sports, so that’s something that I personally will be taking a step in to make a change.”
He also discussed why he wishes to return to football:
“My heart is still in it. My heart is still in the game. I love the game. It’s something I want to prove to myself, not nobody else, I just want to show people that fear is a choice and you can keep going in something without knowing what’s at the end of the tunnel.
You might feel anxious or any type of way but you just keep putting your right foot in front of the left foot and you keep going.”
When Hamlin suffered his cardiac arrest, there were many rumors going around that the COVID-19 vaccine could’ve been a potential cause.
However, his marketing rep, Jordon Rooney of Jaster Athletes, sent out a tweet slamming those who started those rumors:
“For months Damar dealt with scrutiny as he recovered from this. There were outrageous theories on his medical condition. Every single doctor said commotio cordis. He experienced life-altering trauma and wanted to finish his medical testing before officially speaking publicly.”
“The talk about the vaccine and accusations around him ‘hiding things’ were completely untrue and slanderous. Every medical expert said commotio cordis. Imagine dying on national TV and have thousands of people questioning your death and how you’re handling your trauma.”