Fan writes heartfelt open letter to Brandon Bostick


Many feel that Green Bay Packers reserve tight end Brandon Bostick is to blame for the Packers heartbreaking 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, last Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

There is no denying that his costly special teams error on the onside kick was, perhaps, the final dagger in the Packers self-inflicted coffin, but it wasn’t the sole reason they came up short on the big stage.

One fan wrote a tremendous open letter to Brandon Bostick for Milwaukee’s 1130 WISN News/Talk Radio.

Here is what the fan had to say:

"Dear Brandon Bostick,I won’t pretend to know how you must be feeling right now or pretend that I could say something deep and meaningful enough to make the pain of that moment go away.I won’t pretend that I, like every other Packers fan on the planet, wasn’t screaming at you in that moment.And I won’t pretend that either the Packers or their fans won’t always remember you for that moment.Heck, I can’t even pretend that you won’t be replaying that moment every time you have a free moment to reflect.More from Lombardi AvePackers: Picks in mock draft would be a home runPackers salary cap update following second week of free agencyPackers’ cornerback depth chart after second week of free agencyPackers’ edge rusher depth chart after second week of free agencyPackers’ tackle depth chart after second week of free agencyThat’s the thing about big moments, whether they happen in NFC Championship Games in front of 70,000 fans and an entire nation watching on TV or at home in front of the wife and the kids.They have a tendency to define us.  Not the moments themselves, but how we learn from them and, as hard as it is while we’re living them, how we move on from them.In one moment, you went from a hardworking second-year tight end at the end of the Packers’ roster to one of the biggest goats in team history.Seriously, check your Wikipedia page.  That moment is the biggest paragraph. Check out your Twitter feed.  Actually, don’t.  Trust me on this one.But you’re more than your Wikipedia page.  You’re more than what supposed “fans” tweet about you.You’re more than that one moment. Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick celebrates with fans after catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photographI won’t pretend that you will be to every Packers fan, but to this Packers fan, the moment that will forever define you happened after the game ended.You were in the locker room, a black hooded sweatshirt on instead of a jersey, a look of weary sadness over your face instead of a helmet.Your eyes said everything that you struggled to say to the reporters that had gathered at your locker.You shouldn’t have gone for that ball.  You should have blocked and Jordy should have jumped for it.  You let your team down.  You let your family back in Green Bay down.  You let yourself down.Brandon, whether or not you realize it yet; that was your moment.You stood there and answered every question openly, truthfully, and heartbreakingly candidly — reliving that moment for the entire world and trying to explain a millisecond’s reaction that had just spawned a lifetime’s worth of regret.You could have refused to speak with the media, and honestly, I don’t think many people would have blamed you.But you didn’t.  You owned up to your mistake, accepted responsibility, and put the weight of an entire season’s worth of expectations on your shoulders even though you didn’t have to.You didn’t settle for three points in the first half instead of trying to put the game away early.  You didn’t fall for a fake field goal that gave Seattle hope.  You didn’t get conservative with the playcalling while sitting on a lead.  You didn’t slide down after an interception instead of running it back.  You didn’t drop a likely pick-six that would have iced the game.  You didn’t settle back in a prevent defense instead of pressuring a quarterback who had already thrown four bad interceptions.  You didn’t get beat on that two-point conversion.Every one of those directly led to the loss, but you accepted all the blame, even though you didn’t have to, and in so doing, you taught Packers Nation and, in truth, the entire nation about taking responsibility — a lesson that it sorely needs.You didn’t make excuses and you didn’t try to shift the blame.  You stood up, and you admitted that you and you alone failed.Brandon, that was your moment — and it’s a moment I hope everyone watches (or at least thinks of) every time that onside kick is replayed.Because in failure, and your response to it, you taught the single greatest lesson about success: That it always stems directly from a whole lot of failure.No successful person ever became successful without a whole lot of moments just like yours.  And no successful person ever looked back at their moment of failure and said, “Yeah, but it wasn’t really my fault.”They owned up to their failure, internalized it, learned from it, and then moved on from it, looking back on it only as a source of motivation or inspiration.In that sense, Brandon, your moment will define you.  The onside kick won’t, but your response to it already has.  The pain is still fresh, and I’m sure it will linger for a while, but the lesson about personal accountability you shared with all of us can forever guide us through our own toughest moments.And for that, as strange as may sound right now, this Packers fan is forever grateful.Sincerely,Dan O’Donnell"

I think we can all take a page from Dan O’Donnell’s page and be more forgiving. As hard as it is for us, the fans, to swallow what happened Sunday, can you imagine what is going through the head of Bostick the last 48 hours?

I’m willing to bet that how sick to our stomachs we feel about the loss, it pales in comparison to what Brandon Bostick feels.

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