Fabrice Muamba is being awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Wanderers.
The midfielder’s heart stopped for 78 minutes after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in March.
And the university are acknowledging the work of the medics and his exceptional recovery with a celebratory award.
University vice chancellor Dr George Holmes said: "Fabrice is an exceptional young man in his own right but he will receive his honorary doctorate to celebrate and recognise the work of the teams who rushed to his aid.
"The University is developing its strength in the field of sports science and associated clinical work for elite athletes.
"There can be no better example of the work of clinicians than the emergency treatment Fabrice received."
Muamba said: "I would like to thank the University of Bolton for this award of an honorary doctorate.
"I am very humbled to accept it on behalf of all the amazing men and women who combined to save my life, the paramedics and medical teams of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham, ambulance personnel, and of course the consultants, doctors and nurses at the London Chest Hospital. My family and I owe them all so much."
The 24-year-old player stunned doctors, fans and his family by making a miraculous recovery and walking out of hospital just a month after his cardiac arrest.