Damar Hamelin spoke up after his hospital stay.
Buffalo Bills security took to Instagram to share his first public statement since suffering cardiac arrest on the field during an NFL game earlier this week.
“When you put true love into the world, it comes back to you three times as much,” Hamlin wrote on Jan. 7. “The love was overwhelming, but I’m thankful for every single person who prayed for me and reached out to me.”
While recovering, Hamlin commented that he has confidence in the future of his health.
“We brought the world back together behind it,” he continued. “If you know me, you know it only makes me stronger. On a long way keep praying for me!”
Hamlin also took to his IG Story on January 7 to share a snap of himself on a video call, showing him grinning from ear to ear. He paired the screenshot with the words “Back Working Back Smiling!!!”