Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed what would have been a game-winning field goal with just seconds left in the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday -- but a group of first-graders in Minnesota want him to know it's okay.
"Dear Blair, I feel bad for you," one student said.
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"You are still so good at football,"another student said.
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"Keep on trying. We love you so much," a student read out loud.
"You were so close," a classmate read to WCCO.
"We love you, Blair!" everyone in the class shouted.
"He was so close to getting it up there," a student said.
"He was so close to making it, but he missed it. He was crying at the end. It was sad," a student told KARE.
The teachers turned the devastating missed field goal into a lesson on empathy, having the children write Walsh letters of encouragement.
They came up with the idea after the first-graders came to school repeating things their parents had said -- like, "He should be fired."
We're not sure if Walsh has received the letters yet, but he hasn't posted on Twitter since the miss.
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