By HAL MORRIS
FRANKFORT — Jacob Tamme knows his status as an NFL player can have an impact on people, especially young people.
Which is why the former Boyle County and Kentucky football star is always glad to get a chance to speak at various functions to talk about his faith and how it impacts his life.
And Tamme got a huge chance to talk about his faith Thursday when the Denver Broncos tight end was the keynote speaker at the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast a sold out Frankfort Convention Center.
“I try to get around young kids as much as I can because I know when I was young the impact of people were in athletics, you could be a high school player or a college player, meant to be,” Tamme said. “I think it’s an opportunity to give back for me, getting around young folks and things like today. I don’t do a lot of these, but I definitely appreciate the opportunity.”
A long line gathered after the breakfast with people of all ages wanting a picture or autograph and thanking Tamme for spreading his message. Tamme is well aware being an NFL player gives him a bigger platform.
“Just a high school football player coming to talk to my middle school classroom was a huge deal to me. I was always impacted by that sort of thing, so no question that sports gives us a great platform and there’s a lot of guys using sports for good in a lot of different ways. So I try to use this platform as much as I can. This jersey that you wear gives you an ability to make an impact you might not have if you didn’t have that jersey. That’s just how it is, it’s a real thing, good or bad, so you just try to make the most of it.”
The theme of the breakfast was ‘Why Pray?’ and Tamme talked to the crowd about how prayer is part of his life.
“I wanted to center it around why prayer was important, and what it means to me in my own life,” he said. “And sometimes where if I’d been in a better prayer life with God, I wouldn’t have had so much anxiety.”
Tamme related a couple of stories about his experiences at the Senior Bowl and UK’s Pro Day before he was taken in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
“They were a couple of lighthearted stories as it related to that time period in life, things that I’ve learned from that hopefully got related through the stories,” he said.
Tamme said he likes to share his faith whenever possible.
“I do it as much as I can, it is something that’s very important to me. I don’t have any issue saying that,” he said. “I respect everyone’s thoughts and beliefs, but this is something I do believe in, it’s something that’s important to me and it’s something that’s really changed my life over the course of many years.
“So it’s something that’s a neat opportunity to get to come to something like this.”