It’s clear that former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz made an immense impact on his teammates and coaches. Based on these reactions, it’s obvious that Foltz will be missed by his fellow Cornhuskers.
But the deceased punter’s influential reach extended way beyond the football field.
KGIN-IV Sports Director Kevin Sjuts was one of the many people Foltz impacted off the field. He gave a touching tribute Sunday night, just hours after Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler died in a car accident in Wisconsin late Saturday night.
Sjuts told a story of when Foltz visited his son’s first-grade class last spring for super-hero week. Not many people view punters as superheroes, but Sjuts’ son did and invited him to join his class. Foltz spent the day with the kids while taking time away from his busy schedule of attending class and training for the 2016 season.
But Sjuts’ closing soliloquy was truly sentimental.
“I can’t think of a better role model for a 7-year-old, or anyone else for that matter,” Sjuts said. “Sam was a man of integrity, he was giving of his time, his smile was infectious and his love for others was far-reaching.
“I am privileged to have known Sam Foltz. He was great on the field, but better off of it. So much better. I can only hope my son, one day, can stand for all the things that Sam Foltz did.”
You can watch Sjuts’ entire tribute to Foltz below:
— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) July 24, 2016