CHICAGO, IL. (WLNS) – The sudden passing of Mike Sadler weighing heavy on the Michigan State Spartans at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago and today, his former coach, and a few former teammates are taking some time to remember their fallen friend.
“Well, it’s numbing you know, it’s shocking it’s tragic,” said coach Mark Dantonio. “So you go through all those feelings especially and then you find yourself, no moment goes by right now where you’re not thinking of that.”
“He meant the world to Michigan State, to me as a person, to my family I know for sure he was a light to everyone,” said R.J Shelton, MSU Senior wide reciever. “I promise you, you go to Michigan State and say his name, everyone is gonna tell you how great a guy he was.”
“When something of that magnitude happens to your program, to someone who is so special to your program,” said Josiah Price, MSU senior tight end. “It just shakes you to your core and I think we’ll do anything and everything within our power to let Mike’s legacy live on because with just such a short amount of time he had he made such a big impact the things he accomplished at Michigan State the dreams, the aspirations he had, he was probably going to be one of the most successful Michigan State grads ever and it’s just so sad to see, pretty hard to talk about even still now because it’s so raw.”
“But we’re living on through him and we know that he would want us to keep pushing keep getting better,” added Shelton. “And that’s just a great feeling to know that he would be like that and I know he would be proud of us.”
Coach Dantonio added “He wants us to live life, I know he wants us to move forward, I know he wants us to remember him with a smile and that’s what I’ll try and do. We’ll try and honor who he was and what he stood for.”
One thing can be certain, as the Spartans prepare for the 2016 season, everything they do will be in memory of their dearly departed friend, Mike Sadler.