Michigan State Player Takes to Field With Dogs on Senior Night Following Death of Parents

Michigan State football player Josh Butler was accompanied by his beloved dogs ahead of a Senior Night game against Maryland on November 30, after the death of both his parents during his five-year college career.

David Harns, a writer for The Only Colors, shared footage of the moment Butler took to the field at Spartan Stadium on Saturday with his dogs Roxy and Remi. Players usually take the the field with their families on Senior Night, but Butler decided to bring his dogs, who regularly feature on his Instagram account.

Butler’s father died of a heart attack in 2017, and his mother died earlier this year of breast cancer.

Butler shared footage of the moment on Saturday, saying, “Definitely been a blessed journey since taking the greyhound bus as a kid all the way up to Michigan State, being able to prevail through losing my father in 2017, and seeing my mother pass away in my arms just this year in April from Cancer; it has strengthened me as a person, man of God, and leader.”

He said he was focused on earning a masters degree in December. “My Dogs mean the world to me!” the post read. “GO GREEN!” Credit: David Harns via Storyful