Nebraska football player Sam Foltz was laid to rest on Saturday, a week after the Husker punter was killed in a single car accident in Wisconsin.
Overflow seating was required at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island as around 1,500 attended the funeral mass.
The Rev. Don Buhrman assured the Foltz family Husker nation will not forget Sam or them.
“We have the community of Greeley Center and Grand Island and the Husker nation,” Buhrman said. “Our prayers are with you. Not only today, but in the days and the weeks and the months and the years ahead.”
It took seven Husker team buses to bring all of his teammates from the Lincoln campus to the mass. University of Nebraska at Lincoln police escorted them all the way to Grand Island.
Buhrman summarized the words of Sam’s teammates during the funeral mass.
“He also knew how to love and share love and enjoyment with others. But you also shared, I don’t remember which one of you guys said it, but the one word that personified Sam is the word of passion. He was a man of passion.”
Buhrman urged Husker football players for carry on Sam’s legacy.
“Some of you guys last night said, you know, we have a responsibility now to carry on the legacy of Sam. And that’s done over and over again and you’ll do it well and we need to do that.”
Foltz was named Big Ten punter of the year last season, but has been remembered far more in the last week for who he was off of the football field.
Foltz died along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler in a one-vehicle wreck in Merton, Wisconsin July 23rd. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the crash. They had participated in a kicking clinic.