George W. Bush encourages Alabama kicker with letter
December 12th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
8 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. 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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