A week after seeing visiting Oregon lay flowers on the field in honor of their fallen teammate, Nebraska will hit the road and see another opponent pay their respects for Sam Foltz. Northwestern will wear a helmet sticker on their football helmets this weekend as the Wildcats host Nebraska for a Big Ten opener.
Foltz was killed in a vehicle accident over the summer. Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed in the accident and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured as well. The three were traveling together from a kicking camp in Wisconsin. In Nebraska’s season opener, the punting unit intentionally lined up with 10 men on the field and took a delay of game penalty, which was turned down by opponent Fresno State.
On Saturday, Oregon placed flowers at the Nebraska 27-yard line prior to the game as a show of respect for the program. This latest gesture by Northwestern is another reminder of the unity and family-like approach Pat Fitzgerald strives to have with his program and that can be found within a conference. Time will tell if other future Nebraska opponents find ways to share their condolences as well, but this is a wonderfully touching show of respect from the Northwestern program.