As smart as it may be for Vikings kicker Blair Walsh to avoid public appearances over the next few weeks, he’ll be making one Thursday.
After missing a 27-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, the former Georgia kicker received a lot of vitriol online from enraged fans. However, a group of first-graders made news Wednesday when they offered condolences and encouragement to the discouraged specialist in the form of letters, as was reported by the Star Tribune’s Vineeta Sawkar.
The children’s letters ranged from positive reinforcement (“You are handsome”) to quality advice (“I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. but you have to try and try again.”) to purely distracting (“puppies are cute”). One kid even reminded Walsh that there is always next season, saying that despite Super Bowl 50 being out of the question, Super Bowl 51 is still within his reach.
In response to this outpouring of support, Walsh said in a later Star Tribune article that he will visit the school Thursday morning to take pictures and sign autographs for his young supporters.