HuffPo‘s Ben Mankiewicz had the inside scoop on a great fatherhood story recently, concerning his own godson, Owen Shure. Shure watched the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. Late in the game, wide receiver Williams fumbled the ball and it led (from what this non-football-fan has been told) directly to the 49ers’ loss.

Many football dads end up passing down bad sportsmanship to their kids in this sort of situation. But if that was the case here, we wouldn’t have used the word “invaluable” in the title, would we?

Seven year old Owen Shure was saddened by the loss. While the rest of the football-watching community took to Twitter and echoed Ray Finkle’s mother’s sentiments about Dan Marino in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” Owen Shure asked his father why Williams fumbled the ball. Owen’s father, Michael, asked his son, “If you feel this way, how sad do you think Kyle Williams is?”

That awesome dad-question got Owen thinking, and the seven year old stopped wallowing in his own sadness from the loss; Owen decided to write Kyle Williams a letter to make him feel better. You can see Owen’s letter to Williams above, and in-part, it says thank you and that Williams should “be proud” that he had “a great season.”

Remember, dads – you’ve got the power to turn the typical opportunity for bad sportsmanship into good life advice. Regardless of what we think about athletes in general, it’s a good lesson to teach our kids to not kick a man while he’s down.

Except, of course, for muggers – you can kick them while they’re down – though if while they’re down, you kick them in the head you can be charged with attempted murder unless you can prove that you still feared for your life after he was incapacitated.*


* Free legal advice may not be accurate. 8BitDad legal team advises against acting based on advice offered. Ever.