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7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:57 pm
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The letter to WilliamsBy Josh Katzowitz

In the aftermath of the NFC championship game, in which 49ers receiver Kyle Williams fumbled on a kick return and a punt return and played a major role in the Giants victory against San Francisco, Williams received reported death threats via Twitter.

And when so-called fans weren’t wishing death on Williams and his non-existent family for losing a sports game, many others were cursing his name.

But not 7-year-old Owen Shure. Yes, Owen was upset after the Giants pulled out the win and yes, Owen cried about the result. But when his father tried to calm down his son, the little boy showed the kind of sympathy and understanding that the people who know better but made threats against Williams anyway should possess.

As the Huffington Post writes, Owen’s father, 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.”

Here’s what the letter said:
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
The same could be said for Owen and his father.

(H/T to Huffington Post for the photo of the letter)

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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:52 pm
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams' athletic career was doomed when his father drafted him to play for the White Sox.  Everything associated with that organization is destined to fail.



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:48 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams probably hasn't been opening much of his mail recently. The 49ers receiver who had the disastrous NFC championship game has probably  for now. can probably make a man shy.

There's at least one letter I hope he got, though. Ben Mankiewicz at The Huffington Post . Owen loves his 49ers and was as crestfallen as any other Niners fan when the Giants pulled out the overtime victory. Here's Owen's story, from Mankiewicz:

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?"




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:34 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Reading between the lines, I think some folks give too much credit to the idiots who seem to lose their minds in situations like this. Better than even money--and how's that for irony--they're mostly degenerate gamblers who just lost more than they could afford to lose. Or fantasy geeks who lost whatever fantasy geeks lose.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:05 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams' mistakes are part of the game. BUT, the mistakes were mostly MENTAL.  If you are not going to catch the punt, run as far away as possible--that is good coaching!  No chance of a bad bounce hitting you and causing a turnover.  When returning a kickoff or punt, when there is a lot of traffic, keep TWO hands on the ball--that is is good coaching!  Too often a player is looking for a chance to make a big run or score, thus trying to stiff arm several tacklers in traffic instead of securing the ball.  That is a mental mistake, and a result of not coaching the fundamentals first.  Coaches like Shula and Landry taught these over and over until it became second nature, and their players made very few mental mistakes.  Like the Empire State Building, stare with a solid foundation and build upwards.  Game plan, fundamentals, execution, and lastly talent.  That what wins.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:30 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

This looks like a private letter from the boy to the player.  Can someone please tell me how the media got this letter?  Did Williams give it to the media?  The team?  The kid's family?



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:43 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

what an awesome thing to do!



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:56 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

I hope whoever wrote the threats gets put in prison and gang raped by all the jail mates. Low life people.
Yes, wishing for someone to be gang raped is much classier than wishing death upon them. Now that's what I call 'taking the high road'.



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:58 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Kids are the first to empathize. Too many fans lose sight that it's a game. Since my birth, I have witnessed the abysmal 2003 Tigers, the 0-16 Lions and the Pistons ressurect only to collapse. I swear at the TV, say even I would've had it and of course, we should've had it. Only difference between sane fans and those consumed by their teams is that a sane fan can see past the last mistake or in Williams' case, two, and realize there was a whole game played where if something went one way or another, there wouldn't be a scapegoat. What happened when Eli converted twice on crucial thirds for long gains on his first TD pass? Why couldn't they not give up 4 huge chunks with only 1:30 in the first half? Why didn't they get 7 from the Giants 15 instead of Akers FG? There were a million mistakes on both sides but Williams was the easiest scapegoat. Same for Cundiff in the other game. If Mason holds on, its over. If Harbaugh callls a timeout, he has all the time and most likely nails it.
These are TEAM sports.




Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:57 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Wow people really kill me. It's a damn game not life. The kid is a rookie and you flip out losing your lid over a muffed punt. I hope whoever wrote the threats gets put in prison and gang raped by all the jail mates. Low life people. I don't even like San Fan myself but it's a game and I wouldn't threating to kill anyone over a damn football game. Losers , put ur ass in the game see how good you people do. Bool hooooo get over it



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:12 am
 

7-year-old boy tries to comfort Kyle Williams

Thats Class...Kudoes to the father for teaching that to his kid....I hope Kyle actually got the letter and I hope Kyle returns the thanks to the kid....the kid deserves it as much as Kyle needed the letter....its a team game no one player loses a football game...had the offense or defense played better Kyle's mistakes wouldnt have mattered....

nice to see a story like this for a change...


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