Damar Hamlin Feb 8, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin accepts the Alan Page Community Award during the NFLPA press conference at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Watching Damar Hamlin’s participation in Buffalo Bills’ offseason practices will have you forgetting he almost lost his life on the football field in January.

Hamlin was revived after undergoing cardiac arrest, which created a pillar to kick off a multicity tour titled Chasing M’s Foundation CPR Tour to promote techniques that assisted in saving his life.

“Growing up playing sports, I never really remember ever thinking about where an AED was or ever thinking about CPR training,” Hamlin told the media on Saturday, including the Associated Press. “I don’t ever remember a coach or a parent ever knowing where an AED was in a gym or stadium, or anywhere, for that matter.”

The event will include free CPR training for more than 1,000 people across multiple cities, including New York and Pittsburgh, where the safety attended college.

“As we learned from my personal experience, it is very important and life-changing,” Hamlin added. “This program is very important because it gives life-saving care to kids in their own communities and on the field.”

Hamlin created the Chasing M’s Foundation to support toy drives and back-to-school drives to make a lasting impact on the community. The Foundation initially had a GoFundMe goal of $2,500, surpassed that limit by now $9 million (!!!).

He made a miraculous recovery and said in April he had every intention of returning to the NFL. His love for the game remained even after the scary incident.


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