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.