As a video tribute played as part of the award presentation, TMZ reveals Hamlin was moved to tears as the footage displayed him recalling the unfortunate incident that prompted cardiac arrest in the 25-year-old.
Really been an emotional journey.. that video & a room full of greatness did it for me.. 🏾 https://t.co/h1t7766K5P
“Any of us, at any given time, are capable of doing something as incredible as saving a life, and living a life in service of others,” expressed Hamlin in the video.
After a standing ovation for the crowd, the staffers joined Hamlin on stage to receive the award.
Of the honor, the Bills franchise’s head trainer, Nate Breske, shared words of admiration towards Hamlin,
“Damar, first and foremost, thank you for staying alive, brother. Seriously, we are so honored to be standing up here with such a strong and courageous human being.”
Within his speech, he also urged athletic teams and the general population to engage in widespread CPR training, as the lifesaving procedure was significantly helpful in reviving Hamlin.
His collapse during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January shocked the sports world, but inspired prayers across the nation for the health and well-being of the young player.
Since the incident, Hamlin, who dons the number 3 on the Bills roster, has been cleared to return playing for the NFL. Although currently in their off-season, Hamlin has been attending and participating in practices.
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Source: Black Enterprise