Thousands Gather to Celebrate the Life of Mike Sadler

The Mike Sadler Life celebration ceremony took place this past Sunday at Spartan Stadium. Family members, coaches, teammates, and friends alike gathered to remember Sadler and the impact he had on all of their lives.

MSU athletic director Mark Hollis gave his own thoughts of Sadler, and his impact on the MSU community.

“I want to share four words with you. Pursuit, perfection, humor, and friendship,” Hollis said. “To me, that’s what Mike Sadler was.”

Various other speakers gave their memories of Sadler, including his sister Katie, former spartan teammate Connor Cook, and his mother Karen.

Sadler, 24, died July 23 in a car crash in Wisconsin, where he was volunteering at a youth kicking camp. He was a Grand Rapids native, graduate of Forest Hills Northern, a four-year starter and a four-time academic All-American at Michigan State. He finished his collegiate career after the 2014 season.

In light of Sadler’s passing, Michigan State’s athletic department has established the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund, which will enable a Michigan State football player to receive a scholarship each year in his honor.

Coach Mark Dantonio also spoke at the ceremony, and described Sadler as a competitor, on and off the field.

“He was [as] consistent as you could believe it, he was a competitor” Dantonio said. “He competed off the field as well, as [other] players know.”

Whether on or off the football field, Michael Sadler was a star. Dantonio ended his speech ensuring that everyone in attendance knew that.

“No. 3 will last forever in our hearts,” Dantonio said. “It’ll always be a special number here.”

The ceremony ended with a video montage of Sadler’s best moments played to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”