MUSKEGON, Mich. - Muskegon Big Reds Football didn't win the state title this year. But, they're still winners. Case in point: A season-long tribute to a big fan.

Nancy Faulkner wrote to me about her brother, Leon Terpenning. He played high school football in 60s, and loved the Big Reds. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Coach Fairfield and several players went to visit Leon at his home.

All Leon wanted to do was live long enough to make the home opener on Aug. 24. Sadly, he didn't make it. But Coach Fairfield got 50 t-shirts for Leon's family with his name and number, tickets to the game and the team wore Leon's Number 47 on their helmets all season long.

Coach Fairfield and the Big Reds players are winners. On the field and off. All the time. For what they did for Leon and his family, they get today's One Good Thing.

If you have a One Good Thing you'd like to submit - someone or something that makes West Michigan a good place to live - email me with your photos and-or video at

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