LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was uneasy as he prepared to meet Karen Sadler in July, he tells the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal in a report posted online Thursday.

Difficult as the meeting was, shortly after a car crash left Delahoussaye injured and killed Sadler's son Mike, it was the start of a fast friendship, including frequent, often daily texts messages and conversations.

Karen has even been to an LSU football game, visiting Delahoussaye beforehand and dining with his family afterward, the newspaper reported.

"The Delahoussayes are salt of the earth people,” she told the newspaper. “And Colby is one of the most polite, charismatic people I ever met. He’s brave, he doesn’t complain. He’s going through these daily treatments for his burns that are extremely painful. He takes such a positive attitude and he’s thankful to be alive.”

 

See the Lancing State Journal story here.

On July 23, Delahoussaye was in the back seat of a Mercedes coupe that slid off a roadway in rural Wisconsin, tumbled down an embankment and struck a tree, catching fire. Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and driver Mike Sadler, a former Michigan State punter, died at the scene. Delahoussaye suffered second-degree burns on his left leg and received stitches to his head.

All three had been attending an annual kicking camp nearby.

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Several days later, Delahoussaye had that first, emotional conversation with Karen Sadler.

“She was able to visit with Colby and get closure,” Delahoussaye's father, Dwayne, said at the time. “It was a tough thing. She was trying to put all of the pieces together.”

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This season, Delahoussaye is paying a special tribute to his friends who died in the crash.

Delahoussaye tweeted a picture Tuesday of his cleats, which now say "SAMIKE," for Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler, on the bottom. The cleats also have the two players’ numbers on the sides.

In August, Delahoussaye talked more about the crash, the good friends he lost and the outpouring of support he received back in Baton Rouge.

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“Everyone who first saw me gave me a huge hug,” Delahoussaye said. “They were like, ‘Dude, it is so good to see your face.’ To see that is unbelievable, how much people care about you. You can’t take that for granted at all.”

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