Damar Hamlin gets upclose and personal with LeBron James, months after showing support to Lakers star’s son

The Buffalo Bills witnessed their season end with a playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the team’s safety Damar Hamlin’s remarkable return to the football field didn’t go unnoticed.

Hamlin didn’t see his elite form on the field this season. But his successful return saw him honored as the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) Comeback Player of the Year for 2023. The saftey and the NBA icon, LeBron James, have recently shared a moment following the Los Angeles Lakers’ win against the Boston Celtics.

Damar Hamlin links up with LeBron James

The Lakers were seeking to extend their success while facing the red-hot New York Knicks during their road trip. LeBron James made a significant return to the court, and contributed to their 113-105 victory. Following the win, Damar Hamlin was seen exchanging some friendly words with James while having a hug.

The connection between Hamlin and James is not a recent development. After Hamlin’s previous collapse in the NFL season, James expressed his concern and prayers for the Bills star, as well as his family and other affected players. The 18-time All-Star quickly expressed his sincere well wishes on Twitter for the person’s safety.

Damar Hamlin also showed his support when James’ son, Bronny James, had a scary health incident during a basketball workout. Bronny’s sudden cardiac arrest had a significant impact on the sports community, but thanks to prompt medical intervention, his well-being was secured. With his own personal experience with cardiac issues, the Bills star offered sincere prayers and support to the James family.

Bills safety raises heart condition awareness

Damar Hamlin has recently brought attention to heart health awareness by illuminating the Empire State Building, showcasing his impact off the field. He partnered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about the significance of heart protection, coinciding with National Wear Red Day.

“I just want to give a big thank you to the American Heart Association for having me here,” Hamlin said via CBS News.

The illumination of the Empire State Building served as a powerful visual reminder of the cause, capturing the attention of many in New York City.

The young star said, “We’re raising the awareness.”

The safety experienced a terrifying moment of cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday Night Football game in January 2023. He understands firsthand the significance of heart health. His journey from a life-threatening incident to returning to the game he loves has transformed him into a beacon of hope for many.

The NFL star embarked on a mission to educate and raise awareness about life-saving measures such as CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator). He also conducts CPR tours in cities like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. His commitment extended to the donation of AEDs to various sports teams.

Damar Hamlin commemorated the life-saving incident with a new tattoo. Besides that, he established the ‘Damar Hamlin’s Cincinnati Heroes Scholarship’ through his Chasing M Foundation.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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