Ex-Viking Nate Burleson to Blair Walsh: 'You will bounce back better and stronger'

Amid a sea of crass commentary, former Vikings wide receiver Nate Burleson offered some words of encouragement for kicker Blair Walsh on social media after he missed a 27-yard chip shot to end Sunday's playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I know today seems like a dark day in your athletic career but you will bounce back better & stronger from this brotha. You have kicked game winners before and will make game winners in the future. And not to mention you were a huge part of why the Vikes were in the game with 3 field goals so hold your head high. ●Now to all the so called fans who have taking to social media to put him down, curse out and threaten him & his family please take a long look in the mirror. If ya'll had your mistakes on grand display for the world to see, would you want thousands of people tearing you down with harsh words & threats. No! We have to be a little bit more sensitive to one another in the moments in which we fail. If we can't lean eachother to encourage us through the dark times than we are lost as a society. Trust me there is nobody that feels worst than Blair Walsh right now so let's try to build instead of destroy. ~Nate Burleson"