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Alabama kicker gets note of support from George W. Bush


Published:   |   Updated: December 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster received a supportive note from fellow Texan and former President George W. Bush.

Foster missed two field goal attempts and had a third blocked in the Crimson Tide’s 34-28 loss to Auburn on Nov. 30. The loss to the rival Tigers cost then-undefeated Alabama a chance to play for the national championship.

He posted a photo of the letter on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Wednesday.

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”

Bush was the 43rd President and Foster wears No. 43.

“Framing this,” the kicker wrote on the Instagram caption

Auburn won the game on the final play, a return for a touchdown off a missed 57-yard field goal by Alabama’s backup kicker, Adam Griffith. Auburn went on to win the Southeastern Conference title game and earn a spot in the BCS championship game against Florida State.

No. 3 Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, but had been trying for a third straight national title.

Foster received threats on social media in the aftermath of the loss to Auburn. But teammates and Alabama fans swiftly rallied around him, with thousands joining a Facebook fan page titled “Bama fans supporting Cade Foster.”

Foster, a senior from Southlake Carroll High in suburban Dallas, had made 11 of 12 field goals this season before the game with Auburn.

The letter was first reported by al.com.

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