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

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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. Adam

    This just in! Report are now coming in that Obama has now written the player a letter as well explaining Bush is clearly to blame for every kick he has ever missed so he shouldn't feel bad..

    December 12, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. chris

    Class act Mr. president Class act!!

    December 12, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Ken in MO

    I am no fan of W but what he did was nice. That young man feels terrible and is going through a rough time. It was a nice thing the former president did. That is snide remarks, no backhanded comments. It was a nice thing to do. Period.

    December 12, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. lizzy10

    Very classy thing for President Bush to do.

    December 12, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Riley

    a letter from former pres bush is something he can cherish forever. God Bless President Bush.

    December 12, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Brad

    As an aspiring 'liberal elitist' I'm certainly not a fan of our 43rd president but this was very kind of him. Classy even.

    December 12, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Bill

    Death threats? Jesus, people, it's football. Loonies.

    December 12, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Hannover

    Aww how cute, GW really loves whipping out those crayons. And we all know how well he can relate to failure.

    December 12, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Good for G.W. Atta boy!

    December 12, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. simplyput

    How can people who consider themselves so educated be so class-less? A true mystery.

    December 12, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. jerseyguy36

    Oh wow where to start, for all you bush haters, tell what you have done today or any other day to make America a better place to live. Please tell me how great you are and be sure to include a statement that you never made a mistake or mis judgement in life. If you do it is proof positive that you have never done anything and accomplished even less. Please start reading History instead of propaganda from the DNC and the White House press corps. I could unload on Mr. President but i won't not over this! If he were a man he would just write a letter sayling "Ditto".

    December 12, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. spent

    What class!

    December 12, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. spent

    It is just a game!!!!! Death threats? It is just a game!

    December 12, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    This is one of the reasons I don't watch sports anymore. The players are treated and act as if they're gods and the fans are disrespectful and out of control. Sad incident.

    The same happened to the guy in Chicago who caught the baseball. That was outrageous.

    December 12, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. Josh

    I'm not crazy about the guy starting two wars that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of peopleā€¦.but I have to say this was pretty cool of him.

    December 13, 2013 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
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