Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?

Find out if safety Damar Hamlin is still play in the league or has he retired already.


Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?

Damar Hamlin during Buffalo Bills training camp (Image via IMAGO)

Damar Romeyelle Hamlin (age 25, 6 feet, and 200 lbs), better known as Damar Hamlin, is an American football player who plays as a safety for the NFL’s AFC East franchise, the Buffalo Bills. Amidst all the speculations regarding the player, where is Damar Hamlin now?

Born on March 24, 1998, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania Hamlin attended Central Catholic High School and later Pittsburgh College, where he played football for the Pittsburgh Panthers (2016–2020). He registered 275 tackles (185 solo and 90 assisted) during his college career and earned an honorable mention at the All-Atlantic Coast Conference in his sophomore year. He also completed a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Pittsburgh.

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But now various questions are brewing in the football world regarding the player. Is Damar Hamlin still playing football? Or Is Damar Hamlin still part of the Buffalo Bills, or did they cut him? Moreover, fantasy football fanatics will most certainly be curious about how they should use Damar Hamlin to create fantasy teams and team names. But most importantly, does Damar Hamlin have a roster seat on any team for the 2023 NFL season?

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Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?

Yes, Damar Hamlin is still playing football for the Buffalo Bills. He joined them as a 6th-round (212th overall) draft pick in 2021. In the 2021 season, he played 14 games, mostly as a backup to Micah Hyde.

However, on January 3, 2023, Damar Hamlin collapsed during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins. The on-field Bills medical staff administered CPR and automated external defibrillation (AED) to revive him. Later, he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A team statement later revealed that Hamlin had suffered cardiac arrest.

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Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?
Hamlin played for the Pittsburgh Panthers in college (Image via Sports Illustrated)

On January 5, cornerback Kaiir Elam revealed that Hamlin was doing fine. Four days later, the hospital discharged him so that he could return to Buffalo and continue his treatment there. In February, he made a special appearance at Super Bowl LVII.

Hamlin has been promoting the use of CPR and AED. On May 15, 2023, he received the George Halas Award. At the ESPY Awards in July, he had the honor to present the Pat Tillman Award to the Buffalo Bills medical team that saved his life.

When did Damar Hamlin retire from playing football?

No, Damar Hamlin has not retired from playing football. He is currently part of the 53-man roster for the AFC East NFL franchise, the Buffalo Bills.

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Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?
Hamlin has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (Image via Sports Illustrated)

Did the Buffalo Bills release Damar Hamlin?

No, the Buffalo Bills did not release Damar Hamlin. He is still under contract with the AFC East franchise. In 2021, he agreed to a four-year, $3,640,476 rookie contract with a $160,476 signing bonus.

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Hamlin is part of the Bills 53-an roster for the 2023 season (Image via CNN)

Damar Hamlin’s outlook

After just 2 tackles in 2021 and playing second fiddle to Micah Hyde, 2022 became his breakout year. Hamlin appeared in 15 games and started 13 of them. He recorded 91 tackles (63 combined and 28 assisted), 1.5 sacks, and defended 4 passes. He made his first appearance, since his cardiac arrest, against the Indianapolis Colts in August in a preseason friendly.

Is Damar Hamlin still playing football?
Hamlin played against the Colts in preseason (Image via CNN)

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