A year ago, the football world watched in horror as an NFL player was lying on the ground with the audience wondering what was going on. After paramedics entered the football field, Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin was taken out on a stretcher and the game was postponed after concerns about the young player’s health. A year later, after surviving a cardiac arrest and back on the playing field, Hamlin went and got a tattoo to commemorate the almost tragic event.
The Bills’ safety got a tattoo on the back of his neck that symbolizes his hand in the shape of a heart with heart monitor pulses between the fingers. Hamlin took a photo with the artist who put the tattoo on him, Alexander Brenes. The picture was placed on Brenes’ Instagram account for the world to see on the anniversary of the cardiac arrest incident that took place in Cincinnati.
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During the game last January 2, which was being televised on Monday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills were playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. After being involved in a tackle, Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin fell to the ground after seemingly looking okay after the play. It was later discovered after he collapsed that he suffered a cardiac arrest. After recovering and returning to be on the football field this season, things are looking good for the Bills player.
Earlier this year, through the work of his charity organization, Chasing M’s Foundation, he was announced as the NFL Players Association’s winner of the 2023 Alan Page Community Award. The award is the NFLPA’s highest honor. Every year, the Alan Page Community Award acknowledges one NFL player who demonstrates a dedication so deep that it positively impacts his team’s city and communities across the country.
The award is voted on by his fellow players and the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) also donated $100,000 to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation.