Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone announced that he will wear the number 27 from now on, in honor of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who passed away in a car crash late Saturday night.
Foltz was driving after a kicking camp in Wales, WI, along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler and LSU’s starting kicker Colby Delahoussaye, when their car lost control due to the wetness of the road and crashed. Foltz and Sadler both lost their lives, but Delahoussaye sustained only minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.
Gaglianone, who will return for his junior season with the Badgers, will change his number from #10, and expressed his feelings over a heartfelt Instagram post on Monday.
From the day i met you i have looked up to you, not only for what you could do on the field but mostly for the person you were outside of it. You have impacted my life and the life of so many around you, there is not a single person that ever talked to you and did not love you. Like many of the kickers and punters i have been fortunate enough to meet during camps, you were like family to me. I am truly blessed to have gotten to know you and call you my friend over this past 3 years!! You have made me a better person and i will never forget our times together. This season is for you my brother!! #RIP27
Foltz was an elite NCAA punter, averaging 44.2 yards per punt in 2015 and earning Big Ten Punter of the Year. He was on the Ray Guy Watch List entering the 2016 season.
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