Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin continued his tour of Washington this week, meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday.
Biden tweeted a photo of the meeting along with the caption, “Damar Hamlin’s courage, resilience, and spirit inspired the American people. And what’s more: he turned recovery into action — and our country is better for it. It was my honor to have him and his family here today.”
Damar Hamlin’s courage, resilience, and spirit inspired the American people.
And what’s more: he turned recovery into action – and our country is better for it.
It was my honor to have him and his family here today. pic.twitter.com/xju70wnAzl
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 30, 2023
Hamlin also posted a tweet, writing, “It was a pleasure & an honor meeting you today. I know your time is precious and I wouldn’t waste a second of it! Our conversations were valuable.. #UncleJoe.” He included his signature hands-forming-a-heart emoji.
According to a statement from the White House, the conversation between the two included Biden “thanking Damar for his courage, resilience, and can-do spirit which has inspired the American people.” Biden also commended Hamlin for his efforts, including through legislation, “to bring people together and making life-saving technologies more widely available.”
In another tweet Friday, Biden wished Hamlin luck in his recovery, writing, “Looking forward to watching you lead the way back on the field.”
Damar, you’ve made me – and your country – proud.
Looking forward to watching you lead the way back on the field. pic.twitter.com/ljROej9NBe
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 31, 2023
On Wednesday, Hamlin met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick to help promote the bipartisan legislation Access to AEDs, which would increase the availability of automated external defibrillators, and related training, on school campuses.
The NFL on Monday announced the launch of the Smart Heart Sports Coalition, a collaboration with several groups to advocate for policies in all 50 states aimed at preventing fatal outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest among high school athletes. The goal of the coalition is to pass legislation at the state level and implement these policies within the next three years, and the group sent letters to governors of 43 states where it believes additional policies are needed.
Hamlin, 25, has been meeting with specialists after suffering cardiac arrest during the Bills’ Jan. 2 regular-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The use of an AED helped save his life. Earlier this month, Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Hamlin “definitely has every intention to play” and to that point his recovery was “trending in the right direction.”
“We’re hopeful that he plays, but at the end of the day that’s a decision that he’s going to make, but we support him whether he decides to play or not,” coach Sean McDermott said this week at the NFL’s annual meetings in Phoenix.