Jan 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
I’m not gonna lie — as a longtime 49ers fan, Sunday’s loss still hurts. But what hurts even more is the internet loutishness aimed at Kyle Williams, whose late-game miscues made him the scapegoat in the OT loss to the Giants. Death threats? Really? But then a seven-year-old boy put everything back into perspective with a remarkable letter.
Owen Shure, 7, watched the game with his dad, Michael, at their home in Los Angeles. Owen, a huge Niners fan, cried when they lost — hey, a lot of us did. Ben Mankiewicz, a film critic and Owen’s godfather, picks up the story from there.
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.
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
Sure is getting dusty in here. Anyway, don’t fret, Owen. Super Bowl wins are much more enjoyable when you’re eight.
Forget the Twitter Hate: Little Boy Writes Beautiful Letter to Kyle Williams [Huffington Post]
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