12/18/2013 01:16 pm ET

Boy's Fan Letter To Injured Punter Kevin Huber Ends On Dark Note

A brutal (and illegal) hit on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber by Pittsburgh Steelers' Terence Garvin last Sunday left Huber with a broken jaw and cracked vertebrae.

While he will not return to the field for the rest of the season, at least Huber may find some comfort in this letter, purportedly from a 7-year-old Bengals fan. "Dear Kevin, I hope you feel better soon," the letter reads. "I am mad at the Steelers because you are my #1 player."

After explaining why Huber is his favorite, the boy concludes with a somewhat alarming shot at Garvin, the Steelers player responsible for the injury: "I hope that Steeler player loses his house and has to live in his car."

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The boy's father posted the fan letter on Twitter, then removed it after the photo went viral, leading The Bleacher Report to question its authenticity.

In followup tweets, the father sought to backtrack from the letter. "We wish a long, healthy career for Mr. Garvin," he wrote. "My son wrote the words, but didn't fully comprehend the implicit meaning."

He later added: "I thought it was cute, but regret that the letter gained the notoriety it did. I take responsibility, but wish to move on."



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