June 16, 2024
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5 finalists for the NFL Comeback Participant of the 12 months award have been introduced final week. 

Among the many 5, there may be one who many thought would by no means play once more after a near-death expertise on the sector in January 2023.

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Payments warms up previous to the sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, on Nov. 13, 2023. (Perry Knotts/Getty Photos)

“I say this very humbly, I’m a humble individual, nevertheless it appears like one thing aligned,” Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin advised Fox Information Digital of the popularity he acquired in being named this yr’s finalist.

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Hamlin, 25, went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the sector throughout a Week 17 sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2, 2023. Hamlin’s outstanding restoration was celebrated across the sports activities neighborhood, however then in April, simply months after the incident, the third-year participant made it clear that he meant on returning to the sector. In November, he made good on that promise. 

“He can vouch for the robust course of that it was,” Hamlin mentioned of longtime good friend and teammate Dane Jackson.

“All of the steps that it took getting again to taking part in soccer – offseason, season, coaching camp, placing the helmet on – all of that was a course of. And it’s nonetheless a course of, and I believe it’ll without end be a course of so long as I resolve to proceed to play. However I’m constructed for it. The place we come from and the issues that we overcame to even make it to the NFL, we’re all testimonial tales.”

Damar Hamlin warms up before a game

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Payments warms up earlier than the sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, on Jan. 15, 2024. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Photos)

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Hamlin was named a finalist alongside Joe Flacco, Baker Mayfield, Matthew Stafford and Tua Tagovailoa.

Along with Hamlin being named a finalist, Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen was named a finalist for MVP.

“He’s a frontrunner. He’s a terrific athlete. He’s a captain. He’s an MVP it doesn’t matter what,” Jackson advised Fox Information Digital. “He’s completed quite a lot of nice issues for this league. And he’s going to proceed to do these issues. He’s on the rise. He’s bought quite a lot of nice qualities, and he’s going to proceed to be a terrific quarterback for this league, for positive.”

Josh Allen breaks a run

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Payments carries the ball in the course of the playoff sport in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Jan. 21, 2024, in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photos)

“Any time you bought [No. 17] on the market on the sector, you bought an opportunity of successful regardless of who else is on the market,” Hamlin added. “He’s a particular expertise, however he’s additionally a particular individual, a particular human being. I really like him. I’ve by no means met anybody like him.”

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The winners might be introduced on the NFL Honors ceremony on Feb. 8.

Hamlin and Jackson spoke to Fox Information Digital on behalf of Bounty in promotion of the Final Wingmen marketing campaign forward of Tremendous Bowl LVIII. 

Dane Jackson and Damar Hamlin

Dane Jackson of the Buffalo Payments, left, celebrates his landing with teammate Damar Hamlin throughout a preseason sport in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts, Aug. 12, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York. (Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Photos)

“It’s been a terrific blessing for us,” Jackson mentioned of the marketing campaign. “We go manner again. We grew up collectively. We’ve bought quite a lot of historical past collectively. Seeing our journey, the trials and tribulations that we’ve been by means of to get to the place we’re at, and to be on this place to pair up with Bounty, he’s been my wingman my total life.”

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