For most student athletes, Senior Day is a chance to celebrate with loved ones as they take the field in front of their fans for one last time.
Unfortunately, for Michigan State senior defensive back Josh Butler, he lost both of his parents while he was in college.
According to the team’s website, Butler lost his father, Steven, and his mother, Ladrida Bagley.
As his Michigan State teammates took the field with their families during the Spartans’ Senior Day on Saturday, Butler walked out of the tunnel with his other family members.
His two dogs: Roxy and Remi.
The fifth-year senior walked out of the Spartan Stadium tunnel, hugged his coach, Mark Dantonio, and took the field with his two fur babies as fans gave him a rousing ovation.
Butler’s Michigan State went on to beat Maryland 19-16, clinching a bowl berth for the Spartans. After the game, Butler took to social media to show the family celebrating.
Well played, Josh, Roxy and Remi!
This story was originally published by KJ Hiramoto on WFTS.