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
After many Minnesota Vikings fans ripped kicker Blair Walsh for missing a 27-yard field goal that could have given the team a win in a playoff game, some first-graders used it as a lesson in empathy.
Walsh's miss in a 10-9 loss to Seattle on Jan. 10 drew intense criticism on social media. Some fans invited him to leave the state. And worse.
Judie Offerdahl is a teacher at Northpoint Elementary 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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