When LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye lost his friend, Michigan State kicker Mike Sadler, in a car accident in Wisconsin this summer, he gained another meaningful friend: Sadler’s mother, Karen.
Delahoussaye told the Lansing State Journal’s Graham Couch that Sadler came to see him just a day after the accident. She drove him to the airport and the two have been talking ever since.
“We talk about regular life,” Delahoussaye said. “But also, me and her, we’re really open with one another. Because I can tell that’s the most comforting thing for her, to not tip-toe, but just be honest with her.”
Connected by their grief over Mike’s death, they have developed a close relationship. They text each other often, and Karen recently went to Baton Rouge to see Delahoussaye play in an LSU home game.
Karen said part of the reason she loves Delahoussaye is that he reminds her of her son.
“They’re very similar people. And the Delahoussayes are salt of the earth people,” she said. “They’re kind, generous and loving. And Colby is one 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.”
The support they offer one another during this trying time means a lot to each of them. Both of them say that connection will last forever.
“I don’t know how he made it out of that car, and neither does he. I just know I’ll always be close to him and his family,” Karen said. “A part of Mike lives on through Colby. That’s why I’m so drawn to him, I can just sense it. I feel it in every visit, every text, every phone call. He’ll just always be a really important part of my life.”