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BLAINE, Minn. — Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh says the messages sent to him by a group of first-graders after he missed the field goal that would've won a playoff game for the Vikings were so touching that he visited the kids at school.

Walsh gave a pep talk, answered questions and roamed from room to room signing autographs Thursday at Northpoint Elementary in suburban Minneapolis.

He says he'll "cherish … forever" the letters the students wrote to him during a lesson on empathy.

All smiles, Walsh said he takes "accountability and ownership" for his 27-yard kick that hooked left into the wind on Sunday in Minnesota's 10-9 loss to Seattle.

Walsh told the children "that's a big lesson for you."

— The Associated Press