New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman may be making bank now, but back in the day, he was just a kid with a dream. A dream that seemed a little unrealistic to some of his teachers.
Edelman recently took to Twitter to share a letter he received from one such teacher, apologizing for ever doubting the young boy in their English class.
The letter reads:
"I’m not sure you’ll remember me: I was your teacher for your English 100 class at CSM in the spring of 2006. I’ve been wanting to write to you for, oh, what seems like a thousand years, to apologize to you for a flippant comment I made to you that semester. You may not even remember it, but I’ve felt bad about it for years. You had made some comment about 'going to the league,' and I said something about setting realistic goals, about how few people successfully enter the ranks of the professional athlete, blah, blah, blah. I don’t think it fazed you, frankly, but whenever I think back on it, I feel terrible, not because you proved me wrong, but because I stupidly voiced and uneducated opinion that implied I had disdain for your passion for the game. I think it was early in the semester, before I knew you, but how I could ever have doubted your tenacity and grit is beyond me! Again, I doubt you’ve even thought about it twice, but even so, I am sorry for wedging my foot so firmly in my mouth that day."
"Set your goals high," Edelman wrote alongside a photo of the letter. "Do whatever it takes to achieve them." And it seems to have inspired some Twitter commenters, too.
This is AWESOME! We always have moments where the impact of what is said effects the sender more than the recipient. Important to reflect— Chris Pace (@ChrisPaceAZ) July 18, 2017
That takes a genuine person to send that apology. Big props to your teacher— Chasing Dreams (@mandi7_11) July 18, 2017
At least they can admit their mistake.