In one of the most touching moments from the NFL Draft, John Harbugh took time to remember one of the most heart-wrenching stories from last season.
While being interviewed by NFL Network, Harbaugh, the brother of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, took time to pay tribute to Nebraska’s Sam Foltz and Michigan State’s Mike Sadler, both of whom were tragically killed in a car accident last summer.
In Harbaugh’s near minute-long tribute, he mentioned how Foltz and Sadler would have been top special team prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Watch Harbaugh take the time below to remember Foltz and Sadler:
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“There’s a lot of great celebration going on right now for all these young men,” Harbaugh said on NFL Network. “But there’s also some heartbreak and some disappointment. I just wanted to keep that in mind too, and in our prayers.”
Foltz and Sadler died in a car accident on July 23 as they were driving home from a kicking camp near Waukesha, Wisc. Since their deaths, Nebraska and Michigan State opponents in 2016 offered their condolences with many different kinds of tributes to Foltz and Sadler.
Foltz was a the 2015 Eddelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was listed on the 2016 Ray Guy watch list. Sadler was 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy finalists for the nation’s top scholar-athlete.
Both punters were entering their final seasons with their respective schools.