The 49ers wide receiver/returner is getting a bit of a pick-me-up -- and it's coming from an unlikely source.
Seven-year-old Owen Shure is a diehard 49ers fan who was inconsolable after San Francisco frittered away its shot at the Super Bowl. Williams, thrust into the punt returning role with regular starter Ted Ginn Jr. on the shelf, had two costly fumbles, one in overtime that led to the Giants winning field goal.
According to Ben Mankiewicz, the boy's godfather who broke the story for Huffington Post, Owen had a tearful exchange with his father following the game.
"But...why...did he...have to...fumble?" Owen sobbed to his dad.
"If you feel this way, how sad do you think Kyle Williams is?" his father responded.
"Can I write him a letter to make him feel better?" Owen asked.
And with that, the idea was born. So Owen took to paper, penning a letter for Williams. Here it is, left unedited.
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
Whether Williams receives the letter or not remains to be seen. But if he does, it will certainly be a refreshing break from sifting through the dozens of hateful tweets and comments he has had to suffer through this week.
Williams, for his part, has handled the situation head on, refusing to duck the media while answering questions immediately following the game and the day after when players cleaned out their lockers at the team facility.
Williams' teammates were also quick to support him, taking responsibility for the loss as a team and not pinning blame on the return man's mistakes.
"I told him to keep his head up. Things happen like that when you're trying to make a play," running back Frank Gore told CBS News. "Kyle did a great job for us all year. We can't just point the finger at that. It's a football game. Things happen, and he'll be fine. He's going to work hard. He's a great player and he made great plays for us this year. I'm happy he's a teammate of mine. I'll back him up any time."
And after reading seven-year-old Owen's letter, it seems the support for Williams stretches beyond the 49ers locker room.
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