Michigan State will honor former punter Mike Sadler by including his uniform number in the midfield logo at Spartan Stadium for Saturday’s matchup against Wisconsin. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed the logo update Thursday.
The official Twitter account of the Michigan State football program revealed a photo of the commemorative midfield logo:
As part of the hall of fame induction this weekend, MSU will honor Hall of Famer Mike Sadler with his #3 at midfield in Spartan Stadium. pic.twitter.com/m2Vq9PnQwM
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) September 22, 2016
Earlier Thursday, Sadler was inducted into the MSU athletics Hall of Fame after the university waived its customary 10-year waiting period before enshrining former athletes.
Sadler, along with former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, was killed in a car crash in Wisconsin over the summer while attending a kicking camp. Sadler was named first team All-Big Ten in both 2012 and 2013 and was a first team All-American in 2013 as well. He ranks second in Michigan State history in both punts and punting yards. He was also a four-time Academic All-American during his four years with the Spartans.
Karen Sadler, Mike’s mother, was represented him at his Hall of Fame induction and reflected on her son’s accomplishment.
“The fact that I’m here representing him and he’s not is too bad, but he would have been so proud. So proud,” she said. “Especially the fact they waved the 10-year waiting period. It was huge. It’s such a compliment to him. … He would be thrilled with all of this.”
The Big Ten conference also announced that they have issued a commemorative coin for both Sadler and Foltz that will be used for the coin toss of all conference games this season.