Michigan State made an exception in its 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame class.
The 2016 class, announced on Tuesday, includes former punter Mike Sadler, who died last month in a car accident in Wisconsin. The school waived the 10-year waiting period to include the 2014 graduate and four-time Academic All-American.
Eric Allen (football/track & field), Trevor Harris (soccer), Steve Juday (football/baseball), Don Behm (wrestling), Anne Pewe Khademian (cross country/track & field), Ken Popejoy (cross country/track & field), Patti Raduenz (softball) are the other inductees.
“Mike Sadler embodied everything great about being a Spartan,” athletic director Mark Hollis said in a release. “His excellence on the football field and in the classroom was surpassed only by the first-class manor in which he represented not only Spartan football, but Michigan State University. After careful consideration and a thorough examination of his credentials, we decided to waive the waiting period and induct him immediately.”