San Francisco 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams’ two fumbles during last Sunday’s NFC championship game have been blamed for costing the 49ers a trip to Super Bowl XLVI.
No one took the loss to the New York Giants harder than Williams, but a 7-year-old boy in Los Angeles likely was a close second.
Owen Shure was inconsolable after the defeat and in an attempt to calm him down, his father, Michael Shure, who’s a 49ers season ticket holder and makes occasional trips to games with his son, asked him to view the loss from a different perspective.
“If you feel this way, how sad do you think Kyle Williams is?” Michael Shure asked his son, according to the Huffington Post.
The question caused Owen Shure to pause, pick up a pencil and write a letter of support to Williams.
“We just watched the Playoff game,” Owen Shure wrote. “I feel really bad for you but I wanted to tell you that you had a great season. you should be very proud, so I wanted to say thank you. I am your #1 FAN!”
Owen Shure told ABC News that it was important to write the letter because Williams received more than enough disparaging comments.
“I think he [Williams] felt bad, and then most people write him – like, ‘You’re horrible at football, you’re horrible.’ And I’m, like, one of the only people that wrote him, ‘Good try! Be proud!’” he said. “If you see this, Kyle Williams, you’re a good player and I hope you don’t feel bad!”
It turns out Williams did see Owen Shure’s letter. Today, Williams’ agent contacted the young fan to let him know that Williams was touched by the note and that he was sending one of his jerseys to show his appreciation.