Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed on the field during a January matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals and had to be resuscitated, joined ABC News’ Michael Strahan for an interview regarding the scare.
During the discussion, Hamlin spoke about the ‘freak accident’ with Strahan, but refused to reveal any details disclosed by doctors as to why his heart stopped.
(Some medical professionals originally believed that commotio cordis, a rare incident typically seen in baseball, was to blame for Hamlin’s sudden cardiac arrest.)
“You’re 24. Peak physical condition [that] could run circles around me right now. How did the doctors describe what happened to you?” Strahan asked.
Hamlin then said that he would not comment on what may have caused his heart to stop.
“Umm, that’s something I want to stay away from,” Hamlin said.
But the young defensive back did reveal that the doctors never told him if he had had any heart issues or anything that was not normal.
Strahan said, “I know from my experience at NFL, they do more tests than anything. And in the course of you having your physical, did anybody ever come back with any, say, you had a heart issue or anything that was abnormal?”
“Honestly, no. I’ve always been a healthy, young, fit, energetic human being, let alone an athlete. So it was something that we still process, and I’m still talking through my doctors to see what everything was,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin is still trying to recover from the physical and mental trauma he experienced as a result of the tragic incident.
“I’m still working through things. I’m still trying to process all the emotions and the trauma that comes from dealing with a situation like that and not really having people around or, like, no one in my immediate circle who’s dealt with something like that,” he said.
When asked if he will be playing football again, Hamlin answered, “that’s always the goal, but I’m allowing that to be in God’s hands.”