Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines about the little boy who silenced the critics of 49ers Kyle Williams, the punt returner who was blamed for costing San Francisco a trip to next weekends Super Bowl.
Williams received a lot of hate over the past few days, especially via twitter. And then came the small act of kindness from Owen Shure, a 7 year old who lives in Los Angeles.
As first reported in the Huffington Post, Owen wrote a sweet letter of encouragement to Williams, telling the pro football star that he felt bad for him and he should be proud of the season he has had.
Just so happens I work with Owen’s father, Michael, who is one proud papa. Today on our show, The Young Turks on Current TV, he spoke about the attention that Owen has received over the past 24 hours— big time interviews requests from media outlets like ABC News, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and others.
I’ve only known Michael about a month, but I know these two things about him: He knows his politics and he’s a die hard 49ers fan. I mean die hard. And so is his son Owen.
Michael said after the game ended on Sunday, Owen was inconsolable and he got him to stop crying by telling him, “think about how bad he (Williams) must feel”. Simple, but effective. Owen stopped crying and picked up a pencil and wrote William’s a letter.
I admire Michael for that decision. It would have been easier to be one of the haters who piled on Williams. Instead, he used the moment to teach his child something that is far more important than winning a football game. And that split second decision has resonated with so many people across the world.
For the record, we asked Michael to bring Owen into the studio to talk about this once in a lifetime experience. Owen declined our interview request. He had a play date with a friend.