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Aug. 1, 2016


MSU said good bye to the talented and witty Mike Sadler (AES ’13) during a special tribute in Spartan Stadium Sunday, July 31. To view the memorial ceremony, a video tribute, and photo gallery, visit:  http://bit.ly/2aWyrCQ


July 28, 2016


Michigan State University has established a Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund, a Spartan football student-athlete will be awarded a scholarship each year in his honor. The fund, created as an endowment with the assistance of Sadler's family, will provide scholarship support in perpetuity for the Spartan football program.

“Mike Sadler was a giver, not a taker,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “Mike was about life. He would want to be remembered as a person who embraced life. His wit, character, passion and competitiveness will live on through the establishment of this legacy scholarship fund. Mike Sadler will forever be associated with the Spartan football program.”

Send gifts for the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund to Michigan State University, Spartan Fund, 535 Chestnut Rd, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI 48824-4005.

Donations can also be made online at: spartanfund.net by clicking on the "Give Now" link and choosing Mike Sadler Memorial Scholarship Fund from the drop-down menu.


July 27, 2016


A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mike Sadler (AES '13), an award-winning former punter for Michigan State, will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Spartan Stadium. The service is open to the public. 

The Detroit News talked to former teammate Riley Bullough about the funny side of Sadler, who died July 23 in a traffic accident in Wisconsin: http://detne.ws/2avaLcN 


July 25, 2016

Spartan Engineers are mourning the tragic loss of Mike Sadler (AES ’13)

Spartan Engineers around the country are feeling the loss of Michael Sadler, 24, who died in an automobile accident in Wisconsin on Saturday, July 23. Known for his friendly nature, Mike Sadler (AES '13) shared this happy photo with the college as he celebrated his impending trip to the Rose Bowl, which the Spartans won.

The 2013 graduate of the applied engineering sciences program was killed in a one-car accident, that also took the life of Sam Foltz, 22, the senior punter for the University of Nebraska, and injured punter Colby Delahoussaye, 21, from Louisiana State University. All were participating in a punting camp in rural Wisconsin.

Sadler was an award-winning punter on the Spartan football team from 2011-2014 and the first student-athlete in Michigan State history to be named an Academic All-American four consecutive times. See Academic American x 4.

He graduated from the College of Engineering with a 3.97 grade point average (GPA) in three years and earned a long list of top academic and athletic honors. He received his master's degree in public policy in May 2015 with a 3.84 graduate GPA. Sadler was scheduled to begin law school at Stanford University this fall.

Dean Leo Kempel said the College of Engineering is saddened by the loss of one of its finest, Mike Sadler.

“He was an exemplary engineering student, athlete, and person. We miss him deeply and regret the tragedy of his life cut short; however, he and his family will always be part of the Spartan Engineering family,” Kempel said. 

Mike Sadler (AES '13) was MSU's first four-time Academic All-American, which he called "a tremendous honor" as he celebrated with Coach Mark Dantonio in 2014.

Laura Genik, director of the applied engineering sciences program, said Sadler’s loss is being felt through out the entire Spartan community. 

“In Engineering, we’ve lost a great ambassador and role model for student-athletes,” Genik said. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.” 

News of Sadler’s tragic accident is generating messages of sympathy and sadness.

MSU Football Coach Mark Dantanio tweeted: "He gave us all so much in so little time. Our thoughts & prayers are with him & his family. #RIPMikeSadler"


Former teammate Kirk Cousins, now in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, tweeted: “Saddened by the news of Mike's passing. Brilliant, witty, great teammate, but an even better person #RIPMikeSadler” 

Read more on MSU’s tragic loss at: 

• Detroit Free Press: http://on.freep.com/2aasDHy 

• Michigan State Spartan tribute and video: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072416aaa.html 

• Lansing State Journal social media tweets: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/college/msu/2016/07/24/social-media-reacts-death-ex-msu-punter-mike-sadler/87504910/ 

• MSU athletic biography: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mike_sadler_717040.html