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Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills Defensive Back

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April 18, 2024 7:34 pm

Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills Defensive Back

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April 18, 2024 7:34 pm

Damar Hamlin joined JR to discuss his expectations for the 2024 season and if he's a fan of the new kickoff rules. 

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Price and coverage match limited by state law. It's the JR Sport Brief Show here on the Infinity Sports Network. We're a week away from the NFL draft, and we have to bring in somebody who's been through the experience. We got to bring in somebody who's a Buffalo Bill. We got to bring in somebody who's a heart health care advocate. It's Damar Hamlin.

Damar, how you doing, man? I'm amazing. I appreciate that intro. I want somebody to play that on my doorbell rings. Well, listen, you can go ahead and we can record it and send it all to you, okay?

Okay, yeah. Listen, we got so much that we need to get into. I want to talk about your work with Abbott Heart Health Care. There's a lot to get into, but we're a week away from the draft. At this stage of the offseason, going through OTAs and what have you, what exactly are you up to? What are you doing from a football perspective?

That's all I'm up to, honestly. Just keeping the main thing, the main thing. Falling in love with the game again. And, you know, just working, head down, just working every day. And just, you know, we'll pick our head up and see where the work pays off whenever it's time.

But, you know, I'm just head down working right now and trying to take care of business on and off the field. Do you approach this upcoming offseason a little bit different, knowing that this is like the last year, your rookie deal? Or is it the same old, same old?

Same old, same old. And I say that because, you know, you got to keep things the same. You got to remember what got you in the position that you're in now. But, you know, obviously with the circumstances you say, you know, it's just about just turning things up another level. You know, get more serious about things. You know, taking care of doing everything a little bit better as far as everything that you already do. I'm just trying to find new ways. I'm always trying to find the ways of, you know, bettering everything about my life, no matter what it is.

That's just a growth mindset that I got. Tamar Hamlin is here with us. The JR Sport Brief Show on the Infinity Sports Network. Given that there have been some changes here with the Buffalo Bills, everybody want to talk about the wide receiver who's gone in digs. Y'all still got some weapons and guys like Kincaid leading the charge. What do you say about everybody who's worried about what you don't have and not looking at what y'all do have? That's just a way the world works, man.

Everybody, if more people could focus on what they do have, more people would be happy in life. You know what I mean? Even outside of football. So that's my take on that.

People got to appreciate what they do have in life before they worry about what they don't have. Well, listen, we know that the NFL draft is coming up next week, Tamar. And then you've teamed up with Abbott to actually work on a program to promote healthy heart care.

Y'all got a special draft going on. What's that about? Yeah, you know, so me and Abbott, we teamed up to create HeartMates. And what HeartMates is is a community for people that have experienced cardiovascular conditions of all different situations. And it allows people to come into a community that understands them, that have maybe experienced the same thing that they have or something different.

And, you know, you can gain perspective by learning that. And then through HeartMates, we'll share people's stories, you know, and highlight the things that they went through and things they overcame to get back to normal living. And, you know, with the draft coming up, you know, we found a way to be creative in the heart space. And we're doing a draft where we'll be drafting 11 teammates into the HeartMates community. And, you know, they'll be on our team. Tamar Hamlin is here with us, the JR Sport Brief Show on the Infinity Sports Network. Where can people find out more information about this program and this very special draft y'all have going on?

How you doing? You can find it at HeartMates.Abbott. And that's where everything will be located to find all the information for you right there. Love it, man. Do you feel over the past two years, you being an advocate for healthy heart care, do you feel that there's more awareness when you go and talk to people, that people have a better idea since you've really started to be an advocate? Yeah, no doubt. This record of over, you know, a 600% increase, you know, just in heart health education within these two years. So, you know, the awareness that we've raised, the growth that we've made in this space is, you know, is record breaking. And on top of, you know, year one's record breaking, you know, I'm hearing numbers are increasing 40% on top of that. So it's just a testament to, you know, the work that everyone has already been doing before the beginning of time.

And then also, you know, just the push that I've been trying to do and just, you know, living out what I feel is a new purpose for me. Listen, Damar Hamlin is here with us. That's a positive change that we can all appreciate. I want to ask you about a change on the football field. I feel like every offseason, the NFL is switching up rules and now we have different rules of where and how you could tackle somebody. A special teams line has now been moved when you play.

What are your thoughts as a defender? Like, is this a big adjustment for you? I mean, change is a part of life, but what do you think about how you've learned to play the game and how it's moving? Man, I think some changes, you know, some changes good, you know, not all changes good, but I think some changes good. And I think I think life's about change. I think life's about, you know, growing and adapting and, you know, learning how to operate in a new situation. So, I mean, you kind of got that outlook on life, you know, when they make a few changes in the game, it's like, okay, we'll see what this we'll see what this new thing is talking about. But, you know, it'll be an adjustment, but hopefully I can continue to, you know, show up each week and continue to play how I always did since I was a kid. When you think about growing up and playing a game of football and the perspective that you have on it now, has any thought process for the game around you changed? You looking at any type of differently?

No, no, not really. Man, you can't, you know, football, football, kids game, you know, we learn how to play as young children, you know, and I kind of keep that in perspective of that, you know, and I got a nine year old brother too, you know, who's also growing and learning himself. So, you know, I get to learn a lot, learn a lot about myself and who I was as a kid through just watching and coaching and, you know, encouraging him through his journey as well.

Damar Hamlin here with us. We'll certainly talk about playing the kids game. Every time I go up to Buffalo or I see some of the videos, the fans certainly got a good way to remind you that this is something that's supposed to be fun. What has made the Buffalo Bills fan base different?

What makes them different from what you've experienced in other cities and other markets? Their investment, you know, their investment is 365 days a year, not just for those Sundays that were on the field, you know, they're a part of our lives. They're not just, you know, fans on Sundays at 1 p.m. or Thursday or Monday, you know what I mean? They're truly invested into everything that the players have going on, on and off the field. They care about their families. Man, they even invest into people that aren't on our team that play a role in our success. You know, they'll give back to his charities or, you know, other players' charities that are on other teams if it benefits the Buffalo Bills, you know.

So that just truly shows that they're different, man. And these people, they want to win. They deserve to win. And we'll do our best to make that happen. Listen, we've seen the contributions and love that they've shown to you.

We've seen the contributions they've shown to folks like Josh Allen. Tell everybody one more time where they can find out about your work with Abbott. You can find out at heartmates.abbot.

You go right on that link and it'll pull up everything that you need to learn more. And where the hell can people keep up with you on your journey, man? What's up? Tell us in.

Fill us in. People can keep up with me on my journey at That's where I'm, you know, doing most of my work in the community. As well as, you know, I have a YouTube where, you know, I'll be dropping some weekly vlogs probably like twice a month on YouTube of my off-season.

I'll probably be coming in like the next week or two. Okay. All right. We look forward to that, Damar. Final question for you, man. How many tackles this year?

You got to tell me how many tackles you're getting out on that field, man? Man, we'll see. We'll see. You know, it's hard to predict, but, you know, how I like to play the game is I like to be around the ball. So, you know, I'll meet whoever it is there. All right.

Well, especially with the new rules. Hey, good luck with the draft and congratulations on everything you got going on with Abbott. You take it easy, Damar. Okay. Thank you for the time. Thank you. Yep. Thank you. You as well.

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