Column: Disturbing Letter Sent to Quarterback An Attempt to Steal Brilliance of Smithson Valley Season

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[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”9″]S[/su_dropcap]mithson Valley had a great year. Not perfect, but it’s rare to get that anywhere.

The Rangers reached the playoffs but played well against and lost to Austin Westlake team still alive in the UIL playoffs. Things happen, injuries, penalties, dropped balls. You name it.

But whatever did happen to end the season for the Rangers, it doesn’t call for fans to reach out to the players and wish anything ill toward them. That’s what one fan did. A letter to the quarterback, Levi Williams, as seen in the tweet below.

Not only does this letter have a myriad of grammatical errors, it’s also sent to a student-athlete — albeit a 6-foot-4 rifle-armed, possibly college football-bound student-athlete. Williams, who is scheduled to graduate 2019, threw for 2,111 yards, 25 touchdowns, and ran for 383 yards.

His total touchdowns add up to 31 when you add his six rushing.

But this isn’t about who is at fault for losing to Austin Westlake’s Chapparals in the second round of the playoffs. It’s not even about the fact that the (10-2) Rangers won 10 games for the third time in five years.

This is about someone berating a high school junior. It’s done more often than we as a society would care to admit. It’s wrong, and should never happen.

Yet, we still see this kind of thing. For all accounts, Williams is a good kid who’s good at throwing the football. That shouldn’t subject him, or any other kid playing football at the high school level, to scrutiny. Especially when it comes from behind a keyboard or, in this case, an unknown source not even willing to disclose a name.

Gerald Tracy is an assistant editor of Texas football for TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the San Antonio region. Follow him on Twitter, @GTracySports, and read more of his content here.

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