Damar Hamlin sees the bright side in a terrifying incident and hints at returning to football

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Damar Hamlin’s entire life changed in the six weeks, beginning with a life-threatening incident on «Monday Night Football.»

Buffalo Bills security went into cardiac arrest after making a tackle, and medical personnel had to perform CPR for more than nine minutes; he spent more than a week in the hospital after being once in critical condition.

Hamlin’s popularity throughout the soccer world has skyrocketed, which he admits has been somewhat awkward as «a person who…[likes] My privacy.»

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Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills speaks in front of staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center during the NFL Honors awards ceremony prior to a Super Bowl 57 football game, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, in Phoenix. ( (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

However, even though his life literally almost ended on the soccer field, he is seeing the positive in the situation.

«This situation brought me to the light of the world. Which is a good thing,» Hamlin told FOX Sports’ Michael Strahan, adding that the hardest part of the last few weeks has been processing his emotions. «Because I really feel like I stand for a lot of good and I want to be a good example for communities around the world. There’s a reason behind everything.»

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Hamlin said he was feeling «super normal» and preparing for the playoff push in that Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

But after being reminded by doctors that he won the game of life (after asking them if the Bills won the game), he discovered that more than $9 million had been donated to his toy charity drive which initially had a goal of just $2,500.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) warms up before a game with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) warms up before a game with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The charity raising so much money and the support he received while in the hospital was almost unthinkable.

«I couldn’t even believe it. It just showed the unity of our league and the whole world,» he said. «I really feel like the whole situation showed that we can all come together. It was just a surreal moment.»

Now that Hamlin continues to recover, he now has one more goal: to play football again.

Damar Hamlin attends the 12th Annual NFL Honors at Symphony Hall on February 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Damar Hamlin attends the 12th Annual NFL Honors at Symphony Hall on February 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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«Eventually. That’s always the goal,» he said. «As a competitor, I’m trying to do things just to keep improving my situation, but I’m letting that be in God’s hands. I’m thankful he gave me a second chance.»

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