After Minnesota Vikings fans ripped kicker Blair Walsh for missing a last-minute field goal that could have given the team a playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks, some first-graders wrote letters and drew pictures to console the kicker. Walsh says the messages sent to him by the group of first-graders were so touching that he visited the kids at school.
Walsh gave a pep talk, answered questions and roamed from room to room signing autographs Thursday at Northpoint Elementary in suburban Minneapolis.
He says he'll "cherish ... forever" the letters the students wrote to him during a lesson on empathy, the Associated Press reported..
All smiles, AP reported that Walsh said he takes "accountability and ownership" for his 27-yard kick that hooked left into the wind on Sunday in Minnesota's 10-9 loss to Seattle. Walsh told the children "that's a big lesson for you."