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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Forest Hills Northern alum Mike Sadler, paid tribute to with beer in his honor

A Michigan State legend was lost in July of 2016 when former Forest Hills Northern / Michigan State graduate Mike Sadler passed away in a car accident.  Sadler an All-American punter will provide memories that last a lifetime for Michigan State and college football fans alike.  In September of 2016, Mike Sadler was inducted into Michigan State's Hall of Fame plus is the only Spartan to earn All-Academic Honors all 4 years.

A Denver, Colorado micro-brewery, Jagged Mountain Brewery which is owned by Michigan State alumni, R.J. Barat who is also a Sterling Heights, MI native - will release the limited supplied beer on June 2nd.  Unfortunately for the many Spartans in Michigan and beer enthusiasts in Michigan there is no distribution in Michigan.

The label reads:
“Hey Diddle Diddle commemorates the infamous trick play that punter Mike Sadler ran during Michigan State’s Rose Bowl season.  Mike was a gifted All-American and Academic All-American athlete with charisma, character, and a witty sense of humor.  He also had a passion for craft beer and home brewing.

Inspired by Mike's favorite creations, we brewed this beer with apricots, blood oranges, and finished with a touch of Belgian yeast and roses.  His legacy of excellence continues to inspire young and old folks alike, so raise a glass and lay down your roses in memory of Michael."

- $1 for every pint sold will be donated to the Michael Sadler Foundation.

The beer itself, "Hey Diddle Diddle," is a play (Hey Diddle Diddle, Send Sadler Up the Middle) that occurred in Michigan State's Rose Bowl season in 2013.  Michigan State was leading Iowa 17-14 in the 3rd quarter when Sadler came out to punt.  Instead Sadler caught the snap, delayed, before running straight up field for 26 yards and a first down.  Michigan State later kicked a field goal on the drive and won the game 26-14.

Sadler in 2013 and 2012 had 3 fake punts for a total of 54 yards.  Sadler appeared in 54 games during his 4 year career at Michigan State.  Sadler tallied 268 punts for 11,307 yards.  Coming out of Forest Hills Northern High School, Sadler was ranked as the #3 punter on Scout, #5 kicker on Scout, and #7 kicker on Rivals.

- Full list of career achievements

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