Portion of Nebraska Highway 56 to be dedicated to late Husker Sam Foltz
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A portion of Highway 56 in Greeley County will be renamed to honor the late Husker punter Sam Foltz next week.
In July 2016, Foltz and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash in Merton, Wisconsin.
The punters had been taking part in a nearby kicking camp. Authorities say speed and weather were factors in the crash.
Foltz’s death sent shockwaves throughout Nebraska. The University of Nebraska has since honored the late Husker in many ways, including renaming awards and a scholarship to honor his legacy.
Now, almost six years after the fatal crash, the Nebraska Department of Transportation will dedicate the road as the “Sam Foltz Memorial Highway.”
Foltz’s family has farmed the land along the stretch of highway for five generations, including his parents, Gerald and Jill.
Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a resolution in February naming a portion of the highway after Foltz.
The public is invited to the unveiling, which will be held at the Greeley County Courthouse lawn next Friday at 3:30 p.m.