Damar Hamlin has made an incredible recovery after his heart stopped on the NFL football field on Monday, January 2, and he's thanking everyone who helped save his life, including God.
"Now that my brothers have closed out a strong winning season, as I continue to make so much progress recovering, I think it's finally a good time to share a few things," Hamlin says in an online video.
The health crisis in Hamlin caused a shockwave across the football community and had thousands of people across North America in prayer for him.
"I think it was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time as it was a lot to process mentally, physically, and even spiritually."
Hamlin is the safety for the Buffalo Bills in New York. The Bill's NFL season includes 14 wins to four losses.
"I can't tell you how appreciative of all the love, support, and everything that's been coming in my way. 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 love, directly from my heart. I'm able to give it back to kids and communities all across the world who need it the most. That's always been my dream."
While Hamlin was in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center donations came flooding in, in the amount of $8.6 million. The money is going to support young people through education and sports, according to Hamlin who had initially hoped to raise $2,500 for a toy drive to help his mom's cause.
During the video, Hamlin goes out of his way to thank each medical staff and personnel that helped save his life on the field and at the hospitals.
"To my mom and dad, who are literally my anchors in everything and never left my side the entire time, to my little bro who is my 'why,' the reason why I strive to be my best self, and to all my family and friends, I just want to thank you so much for the love and support."
Hamlin shared his care for his home team, the Buffalo Bills.
"To the entire Bills organization, my brothers who made it a priority to lift me up spiritually, and mentally, reaching out every day to see how I was doing, I'm proud to be a part of this team. I'm proud to be able to call you guys my brothers."
During the health scare, so many came together to support Hamlin, including opposing teams in the NFL.
"To the city of Cincinnati, the Bengals, and the entire NFL, for putting team allegiance aside, to root for one kid's life and the humanity of a player, you put humanity above team loyalty. You showed the world unity over division. I'm not surprised by it but I'm deeply grateful."