Cotton Bowl Donates $50,000 to MSU Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship

By Kellan Buddy | Posted: Sat 9:04 PM, Oct 06, 2018


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) It was a special day in East Lansing, as the Spartans hosted Northwestern during homecoming week. Thousands gathered not only to cheer on their team, but to also celebrate a former Spartan.


The Cotton Bowl Foundation presented $50,000 to the Michael Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship at MSU.

Sadler was an All-American both on and off the field.

"The recipients of his scholarship should really look at his life and what he meant, and try to emulate him in some way and they'll be a better person I guarantee it," said former foundation Chair Dan Novakov. The endowed scholarship will be awarded to a Spartan football player each year at MSU. This year's recipient is punter Jake Hartbarger.

Sadler was honored before Michigan State's 2015 Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor for his accomplishments as a student athlete. He was presented with the Dan Petty Scholar Athlete Award as the top scholar athlete from MSU participating in the 2015 Cotton Bowl.

THANK YOU TO THE COTTON BOWL AND THE COTTON BOWL FOUNDATION for this extraordinary gift!

The scholarship will be awarded to a football student-athlete each year at Michigan State.