Aww, man! This is just the nicest damn thing you'll see in a minute. After missing a last-second, potential game-winning field goal in the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh received adorable letters of support from first graders at Blaine, Minnesota's Northpoint Elementary. And today, Walsh came into their school to thank them personally.
While talking to the media after missing the kick, Walsh owned up to his failure like a goddamned grown-ass man. Despite the fact that he owned it—and not to mention the fact that he scored all of the Vikings' nine points that game—Walsh and his family reportedly still received death threats. Human beings are the worst.
That is, until you hear this young girl's letter to the forlorn kicker.
Dear Blair Walsh,
I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. but you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. But you can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year.
Your fan, Sophia Doffin. P.S. You are the best kicker that I know
P.P.S. I hope you win the super bowl this year.
P.P.P.S. I am really a big fan of you.
P.P.P.P.S. I love the Vikings.
Another letter from a little boy said, "You are handsome. Don't worry. It's just a game."
You simply can't make this stuff up. It is beautiful. And so was Walsh's thank you. Delivered without a lump in his throat, and with a hopeful message for the young epistolary geniuses.
Walsh hit the nail on the head here. These kids wrote letters to someone they didn't know, just to try to make him feel better. That level of empathy is invaluable. And then all of a sudden that person shows up to thank you for that letter? I can imagine all kinds of "feel better" letters coming from these kids in their free time, so they can summon whatever NFL player they want. It's a great lesson.