Updating the pen pal story from October

If you remember back a few months ago, I wrote about a class of third graders who pens letters to Alabama football players every week.

Pen pal letter to Carson Tinker (photo by UA media relations)

Well, they haven’t stopped yet. Teacher Emily Heisler of Mount Laurel Elementary in Shelby County said the weekly ritual continues and a few more students have met their players.

Reserve running back Ben Howell wrote back to his pen pal who “almost fainted he was so excited. He was shaking so much when he saw the envelope from The University that he could hardly open it!” Heisler said via email.

Several other players including Carson Tinker, Barrett Jones, and William Vlachos promised they’d write back at some point.

I also wrote about Molly who met her pal Courtney Upshaw after a game early in the season. They still keep in touch through post game talks at the family’s tailgating tent on the quad.

Landry and Eddie Lacy after the Ga. Southern game.

Then there is Landry, another third grader in Heisler’s class. He writes both D.J. Fluker and Eddie Lacy. She got a chance to meet both after the Georgia Southern game on Nov. 19.

Her mother, Regis Holt, described the meeting in an email: “I introduced him to Landry and he looked at her and laughed and said ‘so you’re Landry.’ As you can see in the picture he completely caught her off guard when he reached down and picked her up. Landry is a pretty shy little girl and I’m not sure if she said a word.”

Just a fun little update for your Friday afternoon. Enjoy your weekend.

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