Life is a precious thing. For Michigan State Spartans across the globe news of former Spartans punter Mike Sadler’s passing caught all by surprise leaving many wondering why someone with so much to give could be gone so soon.
While we’ll never be able to answer the question of why someone with so much more ahead of them has been taken from this world. We have to remember all Mike Sadler provided those he came in contact with during his days walking on this earth.
Sadler was more than a football player. He’s was son to David and Karen Sadler and the type of kid any parent would be proud of. He was friend not only to teammates but those he came in contact with. He was a scholar who achieved near perfection graduating with a major in applied engineering sciences with a 3.97 GPA and he was a true role model.
Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis had this to say in a university statement.
"Mike was the epitome of a student-athlete, excelling in the classroom and on the field, while his quick wit brought a smile to everyone's face. Most importantly, he represented Spartan Nation with great class, embracing his place as a role model for both kids and adults alike. On a personal note, he was more than just a student-athlete to me; he was a friend. His ability to make everyone feel special was but just one of his many special qualities. And that's the reason his impact will be felt by everyone who knew him for years to come.”
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio stressed the loss of Sadler proves how fragile life can be.
"Mike impacted so many people not only as a football player, but also from an academic standpoint and in the community as well. The world has lost a rising star who dreamed big and was accomplishing those dreams, one after another. He was one of those people that brightened your day. I always say to try and be a light, and he truly was a light in this world.
"We will all miss him dearly. Once again, we find out that life is so fragile. The world will be a sadder and lonelier place without Mike Sadler in it. May he rest in peace."
Michigan State posted the following tribute video Sunday evening.