Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has posted on social
media for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest during a Monday night
football against Cincinnati Bengals.

On Saturday afternoon, Hamlin spoke out on Instagram for
the first time. “When you put real love out into the world it comes back
to you 3x’s as much..,” he wrote on Instagram.

“The Love has been overwhelming, but I’m thankful for
every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brung the world back
together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger.
On a long road keep praying for me!” he added.

Hamlin shared a similar message on Twitter.

Earlier on Saturday, the Bills issued an update on Hamlin’s
condition citing physicians, saying that he remained in critical condition, but
continues to breathe on his own and his neurological function is excellent.

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Supporters have contributed over $8 million to his charity toy drive which initially had a goal of $2,500. Hamlin was given CPR for more than nine minutes on the field Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling Tee Higgins. He stood up but collapsed shortly after. An ambulance took him to a local hospital in Cincinnati. At one point, a ventilator was providing 100% of his body’s oxygen at a hospital.

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Dawkins described the emotional “roller coaster” this week has been for the team but he said news of Hamlin’s significant improvement “will for sure fuel us” in the team’s Sunday showdown against the Patriots.

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When Hamlin woke up earlier this week, the first thing he asked doctors who had won Monday night’s football, which has actually been postponed and later canceled. On Thursday, the NFL announced the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed or made up.