Saturday, Michigan State celebrated former Spartan kicker Mike Saddler with his number at midfield inside the Spartans logo and entrance into the programs Hall of Fame following his passing in an auto accident in July.
Sunday, Spartans around the country along with head coach Mark Dantonio were rocked with word of another member of the Spartans 2010 recruiting class losing his life as news spread of former defensive back Mylan Hicks being killed in a nightclub shooting in Calgary.
Sunday night, Dantonio opened his Sunday media call with thoughts on the loss.
“We are deeply saddened here,” said Dantonio. “Our entire football program, coaches, staff and players are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Mylan Hicks. We will miss him deeply.”
Dantonio also spoke about when he learned of Hicks passing and the impact the Detroit native had during his Spartan career.
“I found out about 9 this morning,” he said. “I got a call. Mylan Hicks was a Renaissance High School four-star player. Came here as a corner, transitioned to safety and later outside backer. He went at everything with a great deal of excitement.
“Very competitive person with a great deal of excitement. Just enjoyed playing football, being around our program and was a great student as well. Graduated from here. Many very personable talks with him during his five years here. Number six was a beautiful person. Like Mike Sadler in a lot of ways. He just lit a room up when he walked in. He established himself as a leader on our football team in his last year. This is just tragic and has rocked our Spartan football community.”
Many of the things Dantonio spoke about were also said by his current team the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
“Obviously this is an extremely difficult and upsetting time for the players and staff,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “It’s a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mylan’s family.”
“The loss of this 23-year-old young man at this stage of his life and his career is an unfathomable tragedy,” said Ken King, president and CEO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. “Our sympathies to Mylan’s family and to the Stampeders family of players, coaches and staff.”
In news reports so far three adult males were arrested shortly after the incident, in the area where it occurred. There was no word on what caused the shooting or if charges have been made in the shooting.
Spartan Digest sends our prayers and thoughts to the Hicks family and the many who came in contact with Hicks during his short life.
Mylan Hicks was just 23 years old.