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After a Big Botched Pass, 2nd-Grader Boosts NFL Star

And Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles thanked the student and her classmates in person
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2019 3:22 PM CST
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) lies on the turf in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan after Jeffery missed a pass that was then intercepted.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

(Newser) – Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been getting lots of support from fans after dropping a critical pass in a playoff game, including from a second-grader who wrote him a supportive letter, the AP reports. Jeffery stopped by Abigail Johnson's classroom in West Chester on Thursday to thank her and her classmates at Sarah Starkweather Elementary. In her letter, Abigail says she thinks he's "an awesome player no matter what. It takes a lot of practice and courage to catch a ball." After Sunday's loss against the New Orleans Saints, Jeffery said he let all his teammates and the city of Philadelphia down. Abigail's teacher, Alli Morris, says she had her students write to Jeffery after they talked about empathy and kindness. She says they "wanted to boost him up after a tough loss." (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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