George W. Bush encourages Alabama kicker with letter
December 12th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
9 months ago

George W. Bush encourages Alabama kicker with letter

(CNN) – Cade Foster, the embattled kicker for the University of Alabama, posted online Wednesday night a photo of a letter he received from former President George W. Bush

"Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best," the 43rd President wrote.

Foster faced fierce criticism–even death threats–after his team lost to rival Auburn University in late November, essentially blowing their chances to play for a national title.

The kicker missed two field goals and had a third one blocked during the game. Alabama's coach replaced Foster with another kicker for the final play of the game: a 57-yard field goal.

With the score tied at 28-28 and with one second left, the ball fell short of the goalposts, resulting in a 100-yard touchdown return and a historic upset for Auburn.

"Framing this," Foster wrote on his Instagram, along with a photo of the letter.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Inspiring words #43.

    December 12, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. ladies first

    Seriously why bother we are not memorized by the constant distraction

    December 12, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. peavey

    The man had never had nothin' but sports on his mind.

    December 12, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. smith

    Bush, picking up someone who was unjustly kicked when he was down. This is what makes GWB a great man with honor, being there to pick you up when you fall.

    December 12, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. JBV

    Well done, W. Not my favorite president, but a genuinely good person, I think.

    December 12, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Mark

    Death threats ??? Geez people get a life. It's only a game, and I am an AUBURN fan !!

    December 12, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. John

    Absolutely hideous handwriting. But then again, he never wrote much.

    December 12, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    he kicker missed two field goals and had a third one blocked during the game. Alabama's coach replaced Foster with another kicker for the final play of the game: a 57-yard field goal.
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    I'm not sure if you are unaware of the facts. Replacing Foster for that final kick had nothing to do with his previous plays. Some teams use two kickers: one used almost exclusively for field goals; and a long kicker for kick-offs. Foster was field goal kicker and 57 yards was out of his range. So, Alabama brought in their long kicker for the 57 yard attempt.

    December 12, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Nice gesture. The young man tried his best. The so called "fans" that send hate to these players need to grow up or relax a little bit. It's just a game, if it means that much you should change your interest, for everyone's benefit.

    December 12, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Joe Blow

    The kicker wasn't the problem. The coach wanting that 1 second was.

    December 12, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Derp

    This is the coolest thing W has ever done.

    December 12, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Bradley Barnett

    Is there proof President Bush knows how to spell or write? I am impressed by his largesse and his new accomplishment.

    December 12, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Organic1

    So what if it's crayon...

    December 12, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Apparently not being President is working well for George W Bush. It appears he's moved from Crayons to a Sharpie.

    December 12, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. timverba

    Wait a minute. Foster was replaced for the final play? I did not watch the Alabama-Auburn game, but it seems to me that the special teams and coaching was not focused. Two missed field goals, one blocked, and a 100 yard return between two kickers tells me that the problem may not be the kicker.

    December 12, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Lou

    OMG…..he can write?

    December 12, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Feel Good

    President Bush is a real class act. One day this country will have a President again.

    December 12, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. ThisIsNot4U2

    That letter is probably the only USEFUL thing that GWB ever signed his pathetic name to.

    December 12, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. longtooth

    Nobody knows better than GW Bush how it feels to be a dismal failure at an important job, in front of everyone.

    December 12, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. John Riley Goldsmith

    The whole team including the coaching staff was responsible for the loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

    December 12, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. CJPA

    What a nice gesture, and I'm sure it meant a lot to him!

    December 12, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. sonny chapman

    Nice gesture. I hope it helps the young fellow. It's still a fact that W. got into the TX Air National Guard while some other less connected kids in TX, like my wife's first husband, ended up in Vietnam;and never came back.

    December 12, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Brad Willis

    As usual, George W. Bush is focused on the really, really, really important stuff.

    December 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. drewj

    This is a classy move. My respect level for W just went up a few notches.

    December 12, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. mindstorms1

    That was so thoughtful of the ex president. Now if he could find the time to write to every family who lost a loved one in Iraq and each of the military personnel that were physically or mentally damaged in that war I would truly be impressed. Or maybe he could just come on TV and apologize to the entire nation for involving us in an unnecessary war.

    December 12, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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