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First-Graders Pen Empathetic Letters To Vikings’ Kicker Blair Walsh

It turns out that not all of life’s important lessons are learned in Kindergarten.

A group of first-graders in Minnesota got a lesson in empathy all thanks a heads up exercise concocted by their teacher in response Blair Walsh’s 27-yard missed field goal that would have sent the Vikings on in the playoffs.

As Vikings fans were outraged and spewing obscenities at Walsh, Northpoint Elementary first-grade teacher Judie Offerdahl had her students pen letters to Walsh. Students wrote things like,

You are a awesome kicker. Everyone makes mistakes. One time I had the same problem as you and we lost the divisional playoffs. I play football too. You and your team the Vikings came in 11-6. You rock Blair Walsh.


• You are the best player in the universe. Everybody makes mistakes. Your team still appreciates you. I know you’ll help the Vikings next time.



Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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