Now this is a story that will touch your heart and make you smile.
After Kyle Williams’ critical fumble during the NFC Championship game against the Giants, he was subject to criticsm, anger and even Twitter hate that included death threats to him and his family.
I know–totally ridiculous.
Howwever, one fan, 7-year-old Owen Shure who was watching the game with his father in Los Angeles was equally hurt and Ben Mankiewicz, a film critic and Owen’s godfather, tells us of how tears of sadness moved to support and love:
So Sunday, as the Niners lost in memorably disheartening fashion, Owen became inconsolable. He was crying, saying of Kyle Williams, with the distinct sobs of a seven-year-old between each word, “But… why… did he… have to… fumble?”
… Trying to get his son to stop crying, Michael asked him, “If you feel this way, how sad do you think Kyle Williams is?”
Owen paused a second, then asked his dad, “Can I write him a letter to make him feel better?” And from that, an old-fashioned letter — the ultimate anti-Twitter, the un-social media — was born.
Young Owen then penned a beautiful letter to Kyle Williams:
Dear Mr. Williams:
We just watched the Playoff game. I feel really bad for you but I wanted to tell you that you had a great season. you sould be very proud, so I wanted to say thank you.
I am your #1 FAN!
Los Angeles, CA
p.s. your awsome
Owen, we at Jersey Girl Sports want to tell you that you’re awesome!! I hope they give you the ball on their first touchdown at the home game during the 2012-2013 season with special seating and pre-game trip to the lockerrom! You rock!
What a great example of what true fan shoud be, and a special shout-out to his father for instilling the kind of integrity and compassion needed in this day and time.