Bills QB Josh Allen Admits He Hasn’t ‘Been the Most Devoted Christ Follower,’ But Damar Hamlin Incident Has Changed Him

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It’s hard to deny that Damar Hamlin’s medical emergency has had a surprising impact on much of American culture.

The mentality of wanting to somehow take a near-tragedy and find meaning in it has been especially noticeable in connection to his toy drive.

Hamlin’s toy drive, the Chasing M’s Foundation Charitable Fund, has brought in about $8.6 million, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Closer to home, though, is what has apparently been happening in the hearts and minds of Hamlin’s teammates, including quarterback Josh Allen.

Allen was recently interviewed on ESPN’s “Kyle Brandt’s Basement,” and in several moments of vulnerability, Allen confided about how Hamlin’s medical emergency impacted him.

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“[There was] just kind of kind of a spiritual awakening really for me and I know for a lot of other people that maybe didn’t have the strongest belief, or wasn’t one of the biggest [or] strongest Christian followers.”

Allen went on to state that, “…what transpired here, it’s uh, it’s a crazy, crazy feeling. It’s something I’ve never felt before it’s something that I know a lot of my teammates have never felt before.”

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He said he found that the best way to handle it was just to “accept it and lean on your brothers and share that moment with them.”

“That kickoff return was pretty crazy, too. So there’s a lot of things that went on and a lot of … eye-opening situations that have stumbled upon us, or we’ve stumbled upon them.”

“I think it’s been crazy, it’s been not fun, but at the same time it’s been very validating.”

Brandt asked Allen to elaborate on his remark about the kickoff return, when, as Brandt put it, “some sort of miracle happened” — a reference to Nyheim Hines’ 96-yard touchdown from a kickoff return during the game that followed Hamlin’s medical episode in Cincinnati.

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