MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The angst over the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff loss Sunday was compounded in the fashion which they lost — a missed “chip shot” field goal by Blair Walsh.

But from the moment he failed on the field, Walsh has succeeded in so many ways.

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He answered every question from the media right after the brutal loss and also the day after.

And Walsh will make a special visit Thursday morning to the first grade students at Northpoint Elementary School to meet firsthand with the kids who wrote some touching personal letters to Walsh earlier this week.

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The letters of encouragement have also resonated with national media, garnering a lot of attention.

A miss like that on Sunday has cost other kickers their jobs, but Walsh has sent a strong message that it is important to always believe in yourself.

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It is a message he will tell those first graders all about Thursday.