George W. Bush sends note to Alabama kicker


This No. 43 had a wretched day in the Iron Bowl. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

For Cade Foster, the days following Alabama’s stunning Iron Bowl loss to Auburn were especially difficult. After missing three field-goal attempts in the loss, he received a number of death threats.

It was a shocking example of what can happen in an era of instantaneous hyper-reaction and one very high-profile man, who, like Foster, happened to be recognized by the number 43, took notice. Former President George W. Bush wrote Foster a note that the kicker shared on Twitter and Instagram.

Bush wrote:

“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

“George Bush”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · December 11, 2013