In his first on-camera comments since suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday Night Football on Jan. 2, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin said he wouldn’t have gotten through the “toughest moments and the toughest times” without the support of the entire world.
Immediately after tackling Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, Hamlin stood up but immediately collapsed. Medical staff performed CPR on him for more than nine minutes and he left the field in an ambulance after having to be defibrillated.
Hamlin was released from the hospital on Jan. 11 and says he continues to make “so much progress in his recovery.”
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS DISCOVERY ON FOXNEWS.COM
The 24-year-old has been active on social media, even live-tweeting during several Bills games, but wanted to wait for the “right moment” to share a video message.
“Now that my brothers have finished a strong, winning season, while I continue to make so much progress in my recovery, I think it’s finally a good time to share a few things,” he said in an Instagram post on Saturday. “I think it was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time because it was just a lot to process within me mentally, physically, even spiritually, it was just a lot to process. But I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the love, all the support, and everything that just came my way.
PATRICK MAHOMUS’ WIFE SAYS CINCINNATI MAYOR’S HITS AT CHIEFS QB ARE ‘WEAK AND EMBARRASSING’
“What happened to me in Monday Night Football, I think is a direct example of God using me as a vessel to share my passion and love directly from my heart with the whole world and I can give it back to the kids and communities around the world that need it the most and that has always been my dream. I have always stood for that and I will continue to stand for that.”
He went on to thank the Bills’ medical staff and the doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who “acted deliberately and skillfully to save my life.”
He also thanked friends who checked in on him through messages and visits, and thanked football fans for their support.
MICHAEL VICK THINKS PATRICK MAHOMUS ANKLE INJURY WILL ACTUALLY HELP CHIEFS
“With what happened to me, I felt nothing but love and that really helped me stay motivated through the hardest times and the hardest times. I really can’t thank you enough…
“Just to put team loyalty aside, to take care of a child’s life and just the humanity of a player wearing Buffalo blue, to put humanity above team loyalty, you showed the world unity instead of division.” I am not surprised by this, but I am deeply grateful. I will be forever grateful and indebted for that…”
“I couldn’t have done this without the support and love, and I can’t wait to continue taking you on this journey with me.”
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Hamlin appeared at the Bills’ game against the Bengals on Sunday.
He ended his video by making a heart with his hands.