Entertainment Sports Damar Hamlin Aims to 'Eventually' Return to NFL After 'Trauma' of Cardiac Arrest: 'In God's Hands' "I'm still trying to process all the emotions, the trauma, that comes from dealing with a situation like that," the athlete said on Good Morning America By Anna Lazarus Caplan Anna Lazarus Caplan Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 13, 2023 10:16AM EST Share Tweet Pin Email Damar Hamlin has his eye on returning to the football field, but in his first television interview since suffering sudden cardiac arrest, said it will be a gradual process. "Still working through things. I'm still trying to process all the emotions, the trauma, that comes from dealing with a situation like that," Hamlin, 24, told Good Morning America's Michael Strahan. For the Buffalo Bills safety, whose heart stopped mid-game during Monday Night Football on Jan. 2, the event was a traumatic experience. But the second-year player said he is moving forward with his recovery. "I'm doing great," Hamlin said. "Every morning, every night, I take 10 deep breaths to myself and it puts everything in perspective for me." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Damar Hamlin Hugs the First Responders Who Saved His Life at NFL Honors: "The Journey Will Continue" However, when Strahan, 51, asked him to revisit the moment when he hit the ground after making a tackle, and whether the athlete remembered what happened, Hamlin took a long pause. "That's something that I don't really want to get that deep into, in the details of," he said. Hamlin said he watched the video of the moment a couple of times while he was in the intensive care unit, and still questions "why it happened to me." "It was a crazy feeling — something I couldn't really describe," he said about watching the replay. "Something I'm still processing, something I'm trying to work through." Damar Hamlin. Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire/Getty On Sunday before the Super Bowl, Hamlin appeared on the field with the first responders who helped to save his life, and the Pittsburgh-area native also took the stage last Thursday night during the annual NFL Honors event. Michael Strahan Seems to Call Out Skip Bayless for "Inhumane" Tweet After Damar Hamlin's Collapse Hamlin told Strahan on Monday that medical professionals have left his return to the field up to the athlete himself. "It's a tough situation because they can't really tell," Hamlin said. "It's an up-to-me-thing, I guess. It's a long road; they were just worrying about trying to get me back to normal." Damar Hamlin. Good Morning America/Twitter Yet when asked whether he wants to play football again, he briefly hesitated. "You know, eventually, that's always the goal," Hamlin said, "but I'm allowing that to be in God's hands." And as the star continues his recovery, Hamlin is looking out for others along the way. "Right now I'm teaming up with the American Heart Association," he said. "We're trying to get 3 million people to apply and learn CPR, and that's something I feel is important because it really did save my life that night."