Tim Tebow Leads Passengers in Prayer After In-Flight Emergency, Witness Says

The quarterback helped passengers after a man suffered a midair heart attack.

June 27, 2016, 5:45 PM

— -- A midair medical emergency took a plane full of passengers by surprise when one man collapsed of an apparent heart attack. But the surprises were just beginning.

When passengers and crew rushed to help, a familiar face was among them: NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Tebow moved toward the unconscious man and his family, then led a group of passengers in prayer, according to passenger Richard Gotti.

Medical workers met the flight at the gate when it landed at its destination in Phoenix. The man survived.

Delta Air Lines confirmed that the incident occurred but said that because of privacy rules, it could not confirm Tebow's involvement.

The company said that it did not know exactly when during the flight the emergency occurred and that the flight crew consulted with a team of doctors on the ground and decided that the safest option was for the plane to complete its trip to Phoenix.

Flight 1772 originated in Atlanta and carried 177 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants.

ABC News' Jeffrey Cook contributed to this report.

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