NFL: Damar Hamlin makes an appearance on stage

NFL: Damar Hamlin makes an appearance on stage

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The NFL hosted its Individual Honors Ceremony on Thursday, but the highlight of the evening was Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, who addressed the crowd. 

The 24-year-old had briefly appeared in Phoenix the day before to accept the Alan Page Community Award from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). He took to the stage again at the gala the next day, a month after suffering cardiac arrest in the middle of a game in Cincinnati.

Hamlin has been busy despite his weeks in the hospital. His foundation, Chasing M, which started out as a toy drive for children in his community, has quickly grown in popularity since his accident. To date, over $9 million has been donated on his GoFundMe page.

“All my life, I feel like God has used me to bring hope to others. With these new circumstances, I can say that he continued to do so, Hamlin explained Thursday evening. I have a long journey ahead of me, a journey filled with uncertainties and milestones, but it's easy to face your fears when you know your purpose.”

Interviewed this week at Sirius XM Radio's “Heart to Heart” show, NFLPA Medical Director Thom Mayer said he expects the Marauder to be able to play football again.

When of awards night, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback received a second Most Valuable Player award. Brian Daboll (New York Giants) was voted Head Coach of the Year.