It’s likely to be an emotional return for Hamlin, who making his first return to the stadium where he started it all as a freshman at Pitt. Last season, Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals in the kind of horrifying moment that Steelers fans are all too familiar with having witnessed the career-ending hit to Ryan Shazier just years ago.
Thanks to the prompt medical attention of the training staff, Hamlin made an incredible recovery, having returned to live game action in the Bill’s Week 1 preseason game against the Colts. In his return, Hamlin recorded three solo tackles.
Hamlin seems to have enjoyed his return, even taking time to sign autographs for Pitt fans from the field.
Damar Hamlin, back where it all started.— Emily Giangreco (@EmilyGiangreco) August 19, 2023
You can see him capturing the moment too. pic.twitter.com/3LsQlJy1VQ
Pre game hugs from Diontae Johnson to Damar Hamlin on his first official return to Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/Cc9fKz9kG3— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) August 19, 2023
Damar Hamlin back in his hometown signing Bills and Pitt gear pic.twitter.com/ZGFsE4Tzpf— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) August 19, 2023
Welcome home, Damar.