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Congressman Colin Allred Honors Damar Hamlin's Recovery on House Floor

Larry Lease

Congressman Colin Allred, took to the U.S. House floor to recognize and celebrate the ongoing recovery of Buffalo Bills safety, Damar HamlinPhoto byHenry AonUnsplash

North Texas congressman and former NFL player, Colin Allred, took to the U.S. House floor to recognize and celebrate the ongoing recovery of Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a game on January 2. WFAA reports Hamlin was hospitalized in Cincinnati for a week and then returned to Buffalo for several more days before being released. Allred, who is from Dallas County, was joined by fellow congressman and former NFL player, Burgess Owens, in recognizing Hamlin's inspiring story on the House floor.

Allred, who played for the Tennessee Titans for four seasons, has commented on the negative effects of football and said that he doesn't think his two sons will be playing the sport. He said that "football's an incredibly dangerous, violent game," and that the incident on January 2 "shocked the country, shocked the world." However, he also acknowledged that football taught him leadership, commitment and the idea that he was part of something larger than himself.

WFAA reports Allred's recognition of Hamlin's recovery on the House floor highlights the positive aspects of football, such as the perseverance and determination of players like Hamlin. The incident also brought attention to the importance of cardiac health in athletes and the need for improved medical care and emergency response on the field. Many fans and players have shown their support for Hamlin and his recovery, and Allred's recognition on the House floor adds to the outpouring of support for the young player.

While acknowledging the negative effects of football, Allred also stressed the importance of continuing to support and care for players, both on and off the field. His recognition of Hamlin's recovery is a reminder of the dedication and resilience of athletes and the impact they can have on the community. The incident with Hamlin also brought up the discussion on the safety of football and the future of the sport. As a former NFL player and a current congressman, Allred's perspective on the issue carries weight and will likely continue to be a topic of discussion.

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