Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) watches as he misses a field goal during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh/Jim Mone)
Vikings provide 1st graders a “teachable moment”
January 19, 2016
Many Minnesota Vikings fans were angry at kicker Blair Walsh. He missed a 27-yard field goal. The kick could have given the team a win in a playoff game. But some first-graders have used it as a lesson in empathy.
Walsh's miss came in a 10-9 loss to Seattle on Jan. 10. It drew harsh anger on social media. Some fans said he could leave the state. And worse.
Judie Offerdahl is a teacher. She works at Northpoint Elementary. It is in the Minneapolis suburban of Blaine. She saw a teachable moment for her first-graders. So the students grabbed their magic markers and started drawing and writing.
"Dear Blair Walsh," one wrote. "I know it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes."
Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson told the Star Tribune newspaper that the team would make sure Walsh gets the letters.
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