On July 24, 2016, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie D. Green issued the following statement regarding the death of football student-athlete and recent UNL graduate Sam Foltz.
“Husker Nation’s heart is broken today to learn of the loss of Sam Foltz in a tragic car accident. Sam was a kind and thoughtful young man who was a leader on the playing field, in the classroom, and in his community. He was an exemplary student-athlete who grew as a player and as a person on his path to recent completion of his degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and anyone who knew him can testify that he had an enduring influence on those around him. Jane and I observed this just a week ago, at the Uplifting Athletes Road Race in Lincoln, where his joy clearly showed through to his teammates and to children impacted by pediatric brain cancer. All of the UNL family around the world is lifting Sam’s family, friends, classmates and teammates up at this time and in the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and support also go out to our Big Ten colleagues and family at Michigan State as they mourn punter Mike Sadler. Life is precious, especially when taken so young.”