The game of football is a cruel, unyielding wench, especially when it comes to the lonely placekicker.
Rarely praised when he succeeds in putting an oblong ball through surprisingly tight uprights, he’s also mercilessly vilified when he costs his team a game. The latest to experience such pain is Westin Graves.
The Mississippi State kicker missed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals in MSU’s upset home loss to South Alabama Saturday. The first miss would’ve given MSU a two-score lead with just over six minutes remaining, the second would’ve won the game with six seconds left bit clanged off the upright.
All in all, it was a miserable day for the Bulldogs in general and Graves specifically.
Bulldog fans, I’m truly sorry for letting you down. I will do everything possible to come back stronger from this. Hailstate and God bless.
— Westin Graves (@westin_graves) September 3, 2016
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be rooting for Graves for the remainder of his career. What a classy and heartfelt missive by a young man who’s obviously dejected and heartbroken over the events that transpired earlier today.