Social media post shows Tim Tebow praying for ailing Delta Air Lines passenger

Social media post shows Tim Tebow praying for ailing Delta Air Lines passenger

ATLANTA (WTVM) – A Facebook post from an airline passenger shows former SEC football star and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow displaying the power of prayer on a crowded Delta Air Lines flight.

A photo taken by Richard Gotti appears to show Tebow and other passengers praying for a sick passenger on Delta Airlines flight 1772 on Sunday, June 26.

Gotti's post says the man had apparent chest pains and went unconscious when fellow passengers and Delta Airline crew members took action. His post reads:

I have to share this story! I was traveling on Delta Airlines Flight Number 1772 from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona when there was a medical emergency on board. An older gentleman began having what appeared to be heart problems, and he went unconscious. I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour!

Brian Kruse with Delta Air Lines corporate communications confirmed the incident with the ill passenger, but could not verify if Tebow was on the plane due to the airline's customer privacy policy. Kruse said Delta has expressed pride in their staff and passengers for taking action in helping the ailing man.

We can't say enough about the Delta professionals who care for our customers every day and we are grateful to our customers who are so often quick to extend kindness and care to one another.

The passenger was assisted by medical personnel with STAT-MD, and the flight departed and left for Phoenix. Kruse said that the incident happened in-flight, and the flight landed in Phoenix. Kruse also confirmed that Flight 1772 originated in Atlanta and carried 177 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants. 

On Monday, an ABC reporter confirmed the incident with representatives of Tebow.

Both Gotti and Tebow's representatives have been contacted for comment and confirmation, but have not responded.

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