Mike Sadler to be Inducted into Michigan State Hall of Fame

Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler will be inducted into the 2016 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class in East Lansing. Sadler recently passed away in a fatal car accident, along with Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also injured in the accident.

MSU held a ceremony for the four-time academic All-American on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year old Spartan was going to begin his tenure at Stanford Law School in the fall. On Tuesday afternoon, the Sadler family received some good news regarding Mike.

We are excited to announce another outstanding Hall of Fame class,” MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement provided by the university. “It’s a larger class with eight inductees and eight unique stories. And yet they all share a love for MSU and a desire to be great that creates a lasting bond.

“Hall of Fame Weekend is one of my favorite events as athletics director,” Hollis went on to say. “Not only do we celebrate the greatness of past Spartans, we do so in conjunction with the varsity letter jacket presentation as first time letterwinners celebrate the start of their journey towards equally lofty goals.”

The eight members will be inducted on September 22, the same weekend when the Wisconsin Badgers come to town to face off on the gridiron.

Usually, athletes must wait one decade after their athletic eligibility has concluded at school before being considered for the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame. However, the university made an exception for Sadler.

“Mike Sadler embodied everything great about being a Spartan,” Hollis said. “His excellence on the football field and in the classroom was surpassed only by the first-class manner in which he represented not only Spartan football, but Michigan State University. After careful consideration and a thorough examination of his credentials, we decided to waive the waiting period and induct him immediately.”

Sadler had 268 punts, averaging 42 yards per kick, accumulating over 11,000 yards throughout his four-year career inside Spartan Stadium.

The seven other inductees into the Hall of Fame include Eric Allen (football/track & field), Don Behm (wrestling), Trevor Harris (soccer), Steve Juday (football/baseball), Anne Pewe Khademian (cross country/track & field), Ken Popejoy (cross country/track & field) and Patti Raduenz (softball).