This has not been an easy week for San Francisco wide receiver Kyle Williams. Williams fumble in Sunday’s NFC Championship game with the Giants sent New York into the Super Bowl rather than the Niners. Because of that, Niner fans have let Williams know of their displeasure.
However one fan has reached out and tried to pick up the spirits of Williams. This fan took the time to hand write the letter and send it to Williams, all in the hopes it would brighten his day. That fan is 7 year old Owen.
Owen is a fan of the Niners. When they lost, he was asking the question, like all fans in San Francisco, “Why did he have to fumble.” Owen was crying and his father was trying to console him.
His father then told Owen to put himself in Williams place and ask how the boy thinks the players feels right now. Owen stopped crying and paused to think about it. His father’s words pierced his heart, almost as much as the fumble did.
Owen then sat down to write Williams. What he put on that piece of paper was heart-wrenching and probably will mean more to Kyle Williams than anyone could ever imagine.
Owen wrote to Williams the following:
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
Owen added a PS, telling Williams he’s Awesome. Of course this letter was not edited.
In a week where Williams has been fielding death threats, injury offers and other stupid comments from all over, leave it to a child to help remind us that football is only a game. A game that helps us take our minds off things for three hours at a time.
These players give their all to allow us that opportunity. Yes we live and bleed with our teams and when they lose, it hurts. Williams was thrust into a difficult situation, taking the place of Ted Ginn, Jr for the Niners most important game of the year.
Returning punts is not as easy as it might look. Ginn, Jr is one of the best and makes it look easy. But even Ginn, Jr. has his flaws. For Williams, his error might have cost San Francisco the game, but so did other plays during the game. It took Owen and his father to realize Williams was playing his best and probably feels as bad as the fans. It just took a child to make Williams and all of us remember that.
Out of the Mouths of Babes!