They say adults are supposed to be the smart ones in this world and that kids are the ones who should learn from us.
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Just ask Kyle Williams.
Last week was undoubtedly one of the toughest weeks of Williams’ life, as least as it relates to football.
The San Francisco 49er who was filling in as punt returner for the injured Ted Ginn Jr., had not one, but two muffed punts in the NFC Championship game vs. the New York Giants.
The first time, the football barely grazed Williams’ leg, resulting in the Giants taking the lead late in the fourth quarter. The second occurred in overtime, giving New York prime field position to kick the winning field goal. As the ball crossed through the uprights and the Giants celebrated on San Francisco’s home field, the 49ers watched their Super Bowl dreams slip through their fingers.
No one felt the pain of the loss as much as Williams.
Well, except for maybe 7-year old Owen Shure.
Sadly, in the hours following the game, we bore witness to how disgusting fans can truly be as Williams was harasseed and even threatened over Twitter by disgruntled San Francisco fans. Some examples of what he had to deal with:
@KyleWilliams_10 you should jump off the golden gate bridge for that one
@KyleWilliams_10 HOPE U RUN n2 A BULLET DA WAY U RAN INTO DAT BALL…
Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car.
@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.
Clearly, these so-called fans simply don’t get it.
But Owen Shure understands.
An article printed in the Huffington Post describes how, after seeing his hero fumble away the game, life-long fan Owen cried out in racking sobs,”But—why—did—he—have—to—fumble?”
However, Owen, unlike the fans who sent the sickening tweets to Williams, didn’t wallow in self pity. No, he immediately turned his thoughts towards the young athlete whose heart had to have been broken.
He asked his father if he could write him a letter to make him feel better.
So he did.
Here, in his own words, is the heart-warming letter that Owen wrote his hero:
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
Owen gets it.
While the vasty majority of sports fans don’t turn to Twitter in an effort to threaten and harass fellow human beings, all of us have had moments of frustration when a player on one of our favorite teams makes a costly error. I know I can think of a few times that I’ve let my passion for a game get the better of me. Unfortunately, in our anger, it’s often easy to forget that underneath their jerseys, these players are actual people with actual feelings.
Owen did not forget that. Perhaps we could all learn a thing or two from Owen Shure.