Ever since a terrifying tragedy nearly cost him his life during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin understandably hasn’t made too many public appearances. But this week, he made an appearance on the hit show The Masked Singer, much to the surprise of the crowd.
The show opened with several characters from Sesame Street on the stage including Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count, Elmo, Grover, and Oscar the Grouch, performing the BTS hit song “Dynamite.”
After the performance, Damir Hamlin – the younger brother of Damar Hamlin – sat down with Elmo and told him that he was there with his brother, Damar Hamlin. So Elmo suggested they bring him out.
Hamlin then walked out on the stage, flashing his iconic heart-hand gesture.
“I’m just so glad you’re here, but more importantly, I’m just so glad you’re healthy,” host Ken Jeong said. “The whole world loves you! The whole world loves you!”
Though Hamlin seemed happy to make the appearance, he admitted that he did it for a very simple reason: his little brother is a huge fan of Sesame Street.
“Mainly because of my brother,” Hamlin said. “That’s my world. I put family first and he loves ‘Sesame Street’ more than most things so we had to make it tonight.”
Regardless of the reason for the appearance, it generated plenty of buzz on Twitter.
💗💗💗 #themaskedsinger https://t.co/Jyh0D5H0z8
— Jenny McC-Wahlberg (@JennyMcCarthy) March 15, 2023
It's Sesame Street night, and with a special guest!!! @HamlinIsland 3️⃣🏾❤️ I already have it set to record. #whatanight❤️ https://t.co/296ge7CpAn
— Unique Michelle (@mizzunique83) March 15, 2023
— Miss Masky (@itsMissMasky) March 15, 2023
— MaskVerse (@maskverse) March 15, 2023
Damar Hamlin on the Masked Singer. His little brother Damir …yep, Sesame Street night…I'm not crying…really…😭😭😭
— Sarah J Norway (@SarahNorway2) March 16, 2023
It’s certainly good to see Hamlin healthy and making special memories with his little brother after everything that happened.