Before Illinois kicked off against Michigan State on Saturday, the Fighting Illini honored late Spartan punter Mike Sadler.
The Illini presented Michigan State with a signed Illinois “Sadler” jersey and gave it to the Spartans before kickoff.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) November 5, 2016
Tributes have been pouring in for Sadler throughout the season. Michigan State honored him during a home game earlier in the season by placing his number 3 in the Spartans’ midfield logo after he was inducted into their athletics hall of fame.
Sadler and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a summer car crash. Foltz has also been honored by opponents this season. Ohio Sate, which hosts Nebraska on Saturday night, paid tribute by giving the Huskers a helmet with 27 Buckeye stickers.