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

    It's amazing to me how much hate and vitriol some people have for George W. Bush! The man does something completely selfless in order to help another human being who is in need of a boost, and the haters all come out to use the occasion to slam him again! Shame!

    December 12, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. RightED

    Really?? This is why most people hate Alabama. Really?? Death threats. Why are there no death threats for the offense and defense. Weren't they there as well? Jeez!!

    December 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Eagle0831

    With Obama we would have sent a letter praising himself. The biggest narcissist to ever occupy the WH. Putin schools Obama on leadership and Bush schools him on class and leadership!

    December 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. ToldUso

    Taking advice from Bush 43 is not advisable.

    December 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    "Bread & Circuses" caused the ruin of the Roman Empire. The focus on sports today leads me to believe we are following the same path as the Romans.

    December 12, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. UriNation

    "Bread & Circuses" is what caused the fall of the Roman Empire. The emphasis we put on sports today leads me to believe we are following the same path as the Romans.

    December 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. JOhn

    Eagle0831- First you imagine a letter and then you criticize for it? It does not exist. Just saying he is the biggest narcissist makes you sound more like a parrot, especially when your example only exists in your own mind. This is why the Republican party is so lost today. Blind, ignorant hatred.

    December 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Anita

    That was the nicest, coolest gesture I've seen in a while. I wish everyone can just leave politics out everything for a minute and just appreciate the letter for what it is.

    December 12, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Rick

    Some people really need to think about what they write. Death threats over a missed field goal sounds like a text from the mental healthcare center. Whether you like the politics of past presidents or not isn't the issue, he is reaching out in sympathy because in life there are events that change people. Hatred is not the driving force for success. Great wealth isn't the sole gauge of a meaningful life as well. Sometimes doing the best with a dire situation is all we get for a reward.

    December 12, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    How many letters has he personally written to the families of all our dead for a lie of a war? WMDs anyone?
    @eagle0831, if you think the shrub #43 is classy you need to learn what real class is before your bubble explodes all around you.

    December 12, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Demigod Vadik, CA

    I never had doubts about GW Bush's heart...

    ...just his IQ, reasoning skills, communication, understanding of important matters, etc...

    December 12, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Evenstar

    In the greater scheme of life, one needs to remember that after all, it's just a game. There are worse tragedies in the world to deal with.

    December 12, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. fr114

    from one loser to another. enough said

    December 12, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. R Hoffland

    America, football is a GAME! Only, a GAME and NOTHING MORE!!!

    December 12, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. doug

    I am not now and never was a supporter of our 43d President's general politics. But I supported him when he went to war, as I would support any American President who takes his fighting men to war. He made mistakes, and he was, in my opinion, not a great President. That said, what he did in writing this to this young man who was in trouble, is commendable. I support that and I praise him for it. I am no Republican, but a good human act is a good human act and it should be recognized as such. Good for him. Don't be like the Tea Party, who hates Obama just for being born. If Bush does something right, say so.

    December 12, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    Class act.

    December 12, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Hex

    "However you will be a stronger human with time"

    Waiting for the reptile conspiracy people to jump on this one.

    December 12, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. donald

    i did not know geo. w. could write.

    December 12, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. emmi

    Nuts over a football game. Get over it!

    December 12, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Zandigra

    Very nice gesture by President Bush. I doubt you'll ever see Barry Obama doing anything like this, though if he had been at the Auburn-Bama game, I'm sure he would have taken a selfie with the blonde cheer leaders.

    December 12, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Thinkergal

    Yes, W does know what it's like to feel like–and be–a failure.
    Go, War Eagles! Go, Obama!

    December 12, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. John

    So I guess our choices are the following regarding what happened here. Judge the act as it stands by itself? And it's certainly nothing more than an act of kindness and goodwill. Judge the act based on your perception of other acts the person has done in the past – which is what most of us do – and that's a matter of perspective and what acts you decide to cherry pick to evaluate – or in this case your political leanings. That approach is hardly ever accurate – or for that matter fair to a person in either evaluative direction. Or? Look at the person from birth to the present and judge the ENTIRE individual as a whole. Anyone here qualified to do that for George W? Didn't think so. There are maybe a handful of people who have existed on this planet that a vast majority of us would agree are either overwhelmingly evil or good. Hitler and Mother Theresa are good examples. I don't think George W qualifies for either catagory – but what he did obviously made a positive impression on this young man whatever his political leanings are. That's good enough for me.

    December 12, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. JimsOutlook

    Bush should be painting and writing letters from prison, where he belongs.

    December 12, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Dave94

    The utter lack of class demonstrated by the left never ceases to amaze me. In addition, if you think this country is better off today than it was when Bush left office, you seriously need to plant both feet firmly on the floor and yank with all of your might to free your head from your rectum.

    December 12, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. harrisonhits2

    Wonder how many of those single syllable words are misspelled lol.

    December 12, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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