Since Damar Hamlin’s horrific on-field scare, the conspiracies have swirled, with the latest being that he is possibly deceased. Former MLB player Aubrey Huff tweeted a theory based on recently diminished media coverage about Hamlin.
Isn’t it weird that @BuffaloBills Damar Hamlin was the biggest story for two weeks. Now we have media silence. Not a social media post from him, picture, or live video.
Somethings fishy. @NFL is either covering up his death, or he’s in bad shape.
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) January 26, 2023
“Isn’t it weird that @BuffaloBills Damar Hamlin was the biggest story for two weeks, Hamlin tweeted. “Now we have media silence. Not a social media post from him, picture, or live video. Somethings fishy. @NFL is either covering up his death, or he’s in bad shape.”
The tweet received over one million views, replacing an earlier theory that Hamlin had a body double at the Bills’ AFC divisional playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin may or may not have heard the chatter, but he decided to address the world on Saturday, and now everyone can see that he is alive, not cloned, and well.
From The Heart ♥️.
Full video: https://t.co/cmLCEZwRA4 pic.twitter.com/6zvTDg7h1W
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 28, 2023
“It was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time, as it was just a lot to process within my own self, mentally, physically, even spiritually,” Hamlin said.
“What happened to me on Monday Night Football, I feel is a direct example of God using me as a vessel to share my passion and my love directly from my heart with the entire world,” Hamlin said. “And now I’m able to give it back to charities and communities all across the world, who need it the most, and that’s always been my dream.”
On Jan. 2, Hamlin’s heart went silent during a Monday Night Football game when he hit Bengals’ Tee Higgins in the first quarter, shocking fans. Hamlin stayed down, prompting team health officials to start CPR on the field before being carted off by an ambulance. It is believed that Hamlin may have suffered “commotio cordis,” a rare condition causing a sudden arrhythmic symptom, or no heartbeat, caused by a low/mild chest wall impact. Commotio cordis is seen primarily on athletes between the ages of 8 and 18 who participate in sports with projectiles, according to the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.
The heart is reportedly vulnerable for less than a fifth of a second from the blunt force that can disrupt its normal rhythm and even lead to death. However, amid the prayers of the world at large for his recovery, Hamlin pulled through.
Hamlin played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. The Bills selected him in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft. Hamlin spent most of his rookie season as a backup before becoming a starter in 2022 following a season-ending injury to Micah Hyde. The McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania native started a charitable program called Chasing Millions or Chasing Ms before entering the NFL to further his desire to give back and live up to his goal of being a role model.
The fund-raiser, founded in 2020, reportedly received more than 247,000 donations, totaling $9,018,830 in the wake of his life-changing experience.
“I don’t even have the words to express the gratitude for the amount of support that was given into that that was something that we started even way before I made it to the NFL,” Hamlin continued. “You mean the world to me,” he continued. “You made my day every day. You inspired me to keep dreaming big.”
Damar Hamlin is very much alive and filled up with the outpouring of love fueling his recovery.