Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) lies on the turf in front of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) after the Saints intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFL divisional game.
Photo: Butch Dill/AP
Photo: Butch Dill/AP

Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffrey surprises 2nd-graders who wrote him letters

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However, words of encouragement from second-graders in a suburban Philadelphia school prompted Jeffrey to visit the students, WPVI reported.

One of those students, 8-year-old Abigail Johnson, wrote a heartwarming letter that went viral after her father tweeted it. She told Jeffrey, "I am a huge Eagles fan. When I watched the play last night I was crying."

"I think you are an awesome player no matter what. It takes a lot of practice and courage to catch a ball," Abigail wrote.

Jeffrey visited Alli Morris’ class of second-graders at Sarah Starkweather Elementary School in West Chester to thank the students, WPVI reported. Morris had told her students that they would try to connect to Jeffrey through FaceTime, but instead surprised them as Jeffrey walked into the classroom, ESPN reported.

The students serenaded Jeffrey with a chorus of the Eagles’ fight song, WPVI reported.

"We talked about empathy and kindness and kind of talking about how Alshon might feel," Morris told the television station. "We wanted to boost him up after a tough loss."

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