What a cool moment! .@AlabamaFTBL JK Scott asked @POTUS if he could pray for him and his staff. Video below shows President Trump and Bama players praying after the Tide's @WhiteHouse visit! @WBRCnews @BarrettSallee pic.twitter.com/tE4hj4k38l
— ChristinaWBRC (@ChristinaWBRC) April 10, 2018
President Donald Trump honored the 2017 Alabama national championship team on the South Lawn of the White House on April 10, 2018, after meeting with Nick Saban and team captains in the Oval Office.
Trump congratulated them and said,
Coach Nick Saban and the extraordinary group of players — and they are extraordinary and they’re going to be very rich — gather here. Congratulations on your incredible victory. It truly was a win for the ages. I don’t know if you know, but I was there. I was there. I got to see it.
The University of Alabama Football Team met with President Trump in the White House to celebrate their national title win, and as the president was shaking players’ hands, punter JK Scott, the Ray Guy Award finalist, asked him if he could pray for him. Standing in the risers on the White House south lawn, “Scott said he was overwhelmed with compassion when Trump took the podium,” Alabama.com reported.
“It had nothing to do with him being the President of the United States,” Scott said. “It had everything to do with him being a man, just being a son. It went from praying for the president to a place of truly praying over this man because God wants to touch him and God wants to show him he loves him.”
Scott said that the president looked right at him and as he reached out his hand to shake the president’s hand, he said, “‘Hey, Mr. Trump, would you let me pray over you.” And President Trump said, “Yeah, come on.”
Scott put one hand on Trump’s shoulder and the other on his chest, and he said, “I prayed literally what the Lord was saying in my heart.”
His teammates joined him in a huddle around the president. Scott said,
Really the whole point of me laying my hands on him was not to be touchy feely but it was truly to say, God, everything that you’ve done in me. Everything you’ve shown about me and my identity and this love you’ve given me and transformed my life, I’m asking you to do that in him.
After he finished, Trump thanked him and gave him a hug. Trump said, “Thank you so much. That was so beautiful,” Scott said.
Trump was at the championship game, actually on the field before Alabama beat Georgia in overtime in January. He watched the first half from a suite in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and left at halftime when Alabama was behind 13-0.
Trump said the 26-23 overtime win over Georgia will be remembered as one of the most exciting wins “in college football history or any sport.”