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7-year-old’s letter to 49ers’ Kyle Williams erases Twitter hate, will make your day

Jan 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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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!

Owen Shure
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]

  1. old97 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Yep. Day made. Thanks, Rick.

    I’m not a Niners fan, and I wasn’t too despondent over the NFC Championship. But I am a Texas Rangers fan, and we had a little heartbreak back in the fall ourselves.

    It’s good to remember that it’s just sports. It’s entertainment. It’s fun to get REALLY into it, to get emotionally involved with your teams. But when it’s all said and done, it’s not all that important. Leave it to the little kid to help us remember that!

    Great story!

  2. elvoid - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    It takes a 7 year old to show a few thousand grown men how an adult should behave in society. Funny – I’m not really surprised by this.

    Mr. Shure – you got yourself a fine young man right there.

  3. lovesmesomeme - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Didnt post any hateful comments. Not above being a tool to people who i consider tools, Some of the people who post on here will attest to that. Never in my life would i ever take any sport serious enough to threaten a man/womwes life because of a play. Thanks to the kid.

  4. saints97 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Thanks for a great story, Rick. These are things that should get more publicity.

  5. Carolina - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    That was awesome. Good for the kid, and good for the father/mother for raising him like that. I can only hope the mental midgets who gave Jacoby Jones death threats learned something, but I doubt it.

  6. elvoid - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Hehehe – I’m guessing the thumbs down on these comments represent the idiotic fanboys that just can’t grow up – even when a 7 year old shows them how.

  7. crimsontider - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Great story — congrats to the kid on showing the rest of the world how an adult should behave, and congrats to his parents for raising an awesome son!

    Can’t help thinking that this story is just one soft drink short of a Mean Joe Green / Coca-Cola commercial!

  8. oswegosteve - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Any chance that kid can give “maturity” lessons to Coach Harbaugh in the off-season?

  9. sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Death threats after a game are nothing new. This has been blown way out of proportion. Good for the kid, but all adults need to realize fans are fanatics and thus after a heart breaking loss will say some stupid things. They tend to direct there hate and threats at the moron who made the mistakes. Lets be honest these were not real death threats. This country is such a wimpy society now its a joke.There is no excuse for Williams play. He should be cut for being so dumb.

    • saints97 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      Your parents and your English teachers seem to have failed far more than Williams did.

  10. sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Also that kid needs to work on his writing skills. He is 7 and can’t write in the lines. Wow no wonder this country is falling apart.

  11. elvoid - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Thank you, sasquash20, for proving that even the feeble-minded and simplistic among us can master the use of a computer, the internet, and even employ rudimentary typing skills.

    As for writing skills, please take note: In your first post, “They tend to direct there” should be “They tend to direct their,” “Lets be honest” should be “Let’s be honest,” “now its a joke” should be “now it’s a joke,” and “no excuse for Williams play” should be “no excuse for Williams’ play.”

    • sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      I knew I could get someones panties in a bunch!

      • elvoid - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Yes, your ingenious, masterful plan came to fruition! All that planning, all that scheming, and it finally paid off. Oh, sweet, sweet victory!

        I only have two questions (rhetorical – no need to answer) and one comment:

        1. Are you going to buy yourself a trophy?

        2. Why were you thinking about our panties?

        3. I believe you meant “someone’s.”

      • cur68 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        elv: laughing so hard can barely breathe….thanks, I needed a chuckle.

  12. sasquash20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    It was just to lovey in here.

    • elvoid - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      That would be “too.”

  13. Alohamrhand - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    that right there is a wonderful example of why there is still hope in the world for our youth growing up and doing good in this world.While grown adults are threatening this guy and holding silly grudges a child sees football for what it is,a game.

  14. ponsonbybritt - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    “…and a little child shall lead them…”

    Shame x2 on the haters.

  15. notdumb - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    HaHa its really hilarious how stupid we have become as a society that people fall for this FAKE PR propaganda Bullsh1t

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Yes. Yet another concerted effort by these librul, anti-death threaters, manipulating this country one 7-year-old child at a time.