The Minnesota Vikings saw their season come to a sudden end Sunday when kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the final minute of their NFC Wild Card Game.
To his credit, the 26-year-old kicker faced the media and took full responsibility for the kick.
Even though he was willing to shoulder the blame, a quick Twitter search of his name shows that there are some people out there who have no interest in trying to console the kicker through the toughest moment of his career.
That doesn't mean that there aren't those who want to help Walsh get through this, however.
The people of Minnesota's Northpoint Elementary School took the time to write some kind words to Walsh in hopes of making him feel better.
Update from Thursday, Jan. 14
Walsh showed up to Northpoint Elementary on Thursday to thank the kids for their support, via Rob Olson of Fox 9 News:
Star Tribune @StarTribune
Adorbs: First-graders offer #Vikings kicker Blair Walsh words of encouragement: https://t.co/PJtdvKeARO https://t.co/ufqXkknco11/13/2016, 2:47:05 PM
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Teachers at the school used the missed field goal as an opportunity to teach their kids a lesson on empathy. First-graders then wrote letters to Walsh, and the results were incredible.
Along with WCCO-CBS Minnesota, ABC 5 Eyewitness News also put together videos on the letters:
Rob Olson @RobOlsonFOX9
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh thanks the Blaine first graders who sent him letters. https://t.co/d5pkouCNEz1/14/2016, 4:32:41 PM
Once Walsh sees these videos or receives the letters, the healing process should move a little quicker. It's tough not to smile when hearing what these elementary kids have to say about the kicker.
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