TIME Magazine is upholding their biggest annual tradition for another year, but they forgot one person that completely reshaped the world around us in a single night. 

Starting in 1927 with their first selection of Charles Lindbergh, the man who completed the first solo transatlantic flight in May of that year, TIME Magazine has selected a Person Of The Year, but you may be wondering what that honor stands for. 

What Does It Mean To Be TIME Magazine’s “Person Of The Year?”

According to TIME Magazine, in order to be selected as TIME’s Person Of The Year, you must be “an individual, group, or concept that has had the most influence on the world throughout the previous 12 months.” 

“TIME’s Person Of The Year is the annual designation for the person, group, or concept that most shaped the headlines, for good or ill,” the magazine writes in their latest article about the 2023 Person Of The Year Nominations. 

However, TIME Magazine forgot one person on their list of nominees, and everyone in Western New York is well aware of the snub. 

Damar Hamlin Should Be A Nominee For TIME’s Person Of The Year

It honestly shouldn’t even be a question as to whether or not Damar Hamlin gets nominated for the 2023 TIME Person Of The Year, yet for some reason…he was left off the list. 

While the life-changing moment for Damar Hamlin occurred early in the year, his journey to worldwide recognition was rapid and fast-growing throughout 2023, unlike any other athlete or superstar has ever experienced. 

During the first quarter of the January 2nd game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field following a tackle. He suffered cardiac arrest and required medical treatment and CPR on the field before being transported to a nearby hospital. 

From there, Hamlin was sedated for a few days until he woke up on January 5th with his first question: “Did we win?”

If THAT doesn’t show you the mentality of Damar, I don’t know what does. 

In the meantime, the entire world saw what happened on the football field that night, and they did something about it. I mean, how often does the ENTIRE WORLD band together for a good cause?

People from all over the world and in different countries found Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe, initially established when he was in college to benefit The Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive. Together, the world raised over $9 million

After waking up from the sedation, Damar Hamlin took everyday in stride, treating the present as it really is: a gift. By doing so, he taught others the same. 

Many people began taking CPR classes around the world, hoping to prevent a cardiac arrest in their home – “since 70% of sudden cardiac arrest happens at home, that means the life you save will likely be a loved one,” our friends at Excelsior Management told us during our CPR training. 

The awareness around cardiac arrest and learning CPR tugged on those who have experienced similar situations to Damar Hamlin, and for professional tennis player Jessica Pegula, memories came rushing back to the night that her mom Kim Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Bills, suffered cardiac arrest and was thankfully saved by her other daughter Kelly Pegula. You can read more about the Pegulas’ experience here.  

Since January 2nd, murals have gone up in honor of Damar Hamlin, more people have learned CPR, he has supported the Access to AEDs Act in Washington DC to protect kids against sudden cardiac arrest, visited with President Biden in the Oval Office (and brought some jerseys with him), presented an ESPY award to the training staff/care team that saved his life, and he was named the GQ Man Of The Year – just to name a few. 

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Unfortunately, Damar Hamlin was left off the list this year.

Who Are The Nominees For 2023 TIME’s Person Of The Year? 

TIME Magazine has named nine nominees for 2023 Person Of The Year, and they are:

  • the Hollywood strikers
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • Taylor Swift
  • CEO of OpenAI - Sam Altman
  • the Trump prosecutors
  • Vladimir Putin
  • King Charles III
  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve - Jerome Powell
  • and Barbie

Out of these 9, one will be chosen to be the 2023 Person Of The Year, and we find out Wednesday morning. 

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