Former President George W. Bush took the time to send a heartfelt letter to the Alabama football player who missed a field goal and possibly cost his team the win in the Iron Bowl. He encouraged the college student to hang in there and that he wished him all the best.
Cade Foster, the kicker for Alabama's Crimson Tide, kicked a total of three times during the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30. He missed two field goals and then had a third blocked in a last-minute play. The ball was run downfield by a player from Auburn, who then scored the winning touchdown. It was the end of Alabama's No. 1 standing in the SEC and a perfect season for the team.
President Bush sent the defeated player a letter of encouragement after the game, and Foster immediately posted it to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
"Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best. Sincerely – another 43," Bush wrote, referring to himself being the 43rd President of the United States.
Cade's friends, family, and teammates are standing behind him during this difficult time in his life, and he is also turning to God for strength. His Twitter feed features Biblical verses about strength, pride and the Lord's blessings.
"How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!" Cade's Twitter profile reads.
He plans to frame the letter from President Bush and keep it prominently displayed as a reminder that one can overcome anything.
"Cade's a great kid," Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron told ESPN. "It wasn't all his fault. Other people struggled. I love him to death and I have all the confidence in him in the world that he could go out there right now and make the kicks. The one thing about him is he needs to keep his head high and be proud. Like I said, football is just a game. It's not life. Times like this, people need to realize the sun's going to rise tomorrow."
"By humility & the fear of the Lord are riches & honor & life – Proverbs 22:4," Cade previously tweeted.