On Monday, the Professional Football Writers of America named Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin the 2023 George Halas Award recipient for his perseverance in 2022.
The award goes to the NFL player who "overcomes the most adversity to succeed."
In Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle.
His teammates and opponents watched as he was resuscitated and brought to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Hamlin, 25, came up from anesthesia days later and wondered whether the Bills had won the primetime showdown. Doctors said, "You won the game of life."
He appeared at Super Bowl 57, NFL Honors, and "The Masked Singer."
Hamlin announced his NFL comeback last month after being cleared for full football exercise.
"Over the past few months, I’ve been on a journey and seen some of the top professionals across the country," he added. They all answered me the same. My narrative continues after this life-changing occurrence."
He follows Buffalo's 2008 winner Kevin Everett. Everett's 2007 season opening spinal injury was life-threatening. The tight end walked in a month after intense therapy and dedication.
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