Young Eagles fan writes letter consoling Alshon Jeffery: 'You are an awesome player no matter what'

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery could use all the encouragement he can get right now. Jeffery’s drop in the team’s playoff game against the New Orleans Saints ended the Eagles season. 

Jeffery blamed himself following the loss, saying he let the team and the city of Philadelphia down. One second grader heard about that, and decided Jeffery shouldn’t be so hard on himself.

Abigail Johnson wrote an encouraging letter to Jeffery telling him to keep his head up.

The full letter reads:

“I am a huge Eagles fan. When I watched the play last night, I was crying. It’s okay to loose [sic] a game you don’t always have to win a game. We couldn’t have won the Super Bowl without you last year. I think you are an awesome player no matter what. It takes lots of practice and courage to catch a ball. I think you are a good athlete. I love you. My whole family is rooting for you. Don’t give up on playing football. Keep practicing. Don’t get mad easily. I know you can do it. We all know you are a good player.”

With the Eagles trailing by six points, Jeffery dropped a pass with 2:02 left in the game. The ball bounced off Jeffery’s hands and landed in the hands of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who picked the ball off to seal the win for New Orleans.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) lies on the turf in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) after the Saints intercepted a pass in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The Saints won 20-14. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a touchdown reception against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc (34) in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Jan 13, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; during the fourth quarter of a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
El quarterback Drew Brees (9), de los Saints de Nueva Orleáns, lanza una intercepción en la primera serie ofensiva del partido del duelo divisional de los playoffs de la NFL ante los Eagles de Filadelfia, en Nueva Orleáns, el domingo 13 de enero de 2019. (AP Foto/Gerald Herbert)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) celebrates a first down reception in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) carries to the one yard line as Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tre Sullivan (37) pursues in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) pulls in a reception against New Orleans Saints strong safety Vonn Bell (24) in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) reacts on a defensive stop in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) pulls in a reception against New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (80) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints posses for a photo with the fans after his teams win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Eagles 20-14. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after his teams loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Eagles 20-14. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after his teams loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Eagles 20-14. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles (L) meets with Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at mid-field after his teams loss in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Eagles 20-14. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after his team gives up an interception late in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Following the contest, many Eagles had Jeffery’s back. Quarterback Nick Foles said he told Jeffery he loved him. Malcolm Jenkins acknowledged the team would not have won a Super Bowl without Jeffery.

As Abigail Johnson’s letter shows, plenty of fans still have love for Jeffery after the drop.

(Yahoo Sports NFL H/N: Sports Illustrated)

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