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Former Michigan standout & NFL player Terrance Taylor coaching at Reeths-Puffer

Won state championship at Muskegon in 2004
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Posted at 8:49 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 20:49:12-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Terrance Taylor had an outstanding football and wrestling career at Muskegon high school and helped lead the Big Reds to a football state championship back in 2004.

From there, he would go on to play at the University of Michigan under Lloyd Carr where he was second-team All-Big Ten in 2007.

Now, he's back in Muskegon County helping out Reeths-Puffer high school and their defensive line.

"I just have a passion to see every program in the area rise up and get better," Taylor explained.

Terrance Taylor added to Reeths-Puffer coaching staff

Everyone in the area knows Taylor is a Muskegon Big Red, but he says Reeths-Puffer has always been close to his heart.

"I've always had a love for Reeths-Puffer," said Taylor, "it's always been like my second home, my mom went here, my uncles went here, and my sisters went here."

For second year head coach Matt Bird, having his expertise on the staff has been extremely beneficial.

"He's won a couple of state titles, he's won an individual state wrestling championship," Bird said, "he knows what it takes to win. That alone right there, his professional experience is unmatched."

And Taylor says he sees eye-to-eye with Coach Bird and the vision he has for the program.

"I talked to Coach Bird when he first got here about the things he was trying to do with the program and I was on par with that," Taylor said, "In terms of the direction they needed to go."

Playing under legendary head coach Lloyd Carr at Michigan taught Taylor so much and has helped his transition from player to coach and trainer.

"Discipline, accountability, hard work, Coach Carr held you to a higher standard, and he let you know that you were a part of something bigger than yourself."

While Reeths-Puffer's colors are green and white, Taylor is careful about wearing those colors.

"Hey, I have blue on," he laughed, "but listen, it's Reeths-Puffer, it's not Michigan State, so I might be able to wear some stuff."

Taylor is also working on training other players around the area through his training company, 'Transform the Threshold' located in Muskegon.