Damar Hamlin Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin heads to the practice field for his first practice wearing pads after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game last season.

On Monday afternoon, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin practiced in pads for the first time since he went into cardiac arrest in the middle of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. And after practice, he opened up about how he was feeling.

Damar Hamlin met with reporters following his first padded practice, and he got pretty honest about the “rollercoaster of emotions” he felt, even admitting he felt “a little scared here and there.”

“In football, you can’t hit that field with no hesitation,” Hamlin said according to Pro Football Talk. “You’re putting yourself in more danger by doing that. I made the choice to play, but I’m processing a thousand emotions. I’m not afraid to say that it crosses my mind of being a little scared here and there. But like I say, my strength is rooted in my faith, and my faith is stronger than any fear. That’s what I want to preach up here, and that’s the message I want to spread on to the world. As long as your faith is stronger than your fear, you can get through anything. So that’s what I’m living by right now.”

Those feelings are all perfectly valid after what happened to Hamlin. It’s inspiring to see him even attempting to return to the field.

[Pro Football Talk]