A fund has been established for the 5-year-old daughter of a former Forsyth Central High School football player who died Tuesday.
Michael Scott Hansen, 33, a 1994 Central graduate, lived in Tallahassee, Fla., with his wife, Karen Peterson Hansen, and daughter, Taylor Leigh.
Dwight Hansen remembered his younger brother, who played football at both South Forsyth and Forsyth Central high schools, as a star prep athlete.
"We have boxes and boxes of articles on him from when he was all state and he was all county in three positions," he said. "I don't think that had ever happened before."
But Hansen first made the news the day he was born. He was Atlanta's New Year's Day baby in 1976.
"He was a kid that grew up on [Lake Lanier]," Hansen added. "He spent all of his time, when he wasn't working out or playing football, he spent it on the water."
Hansen said their father, Butch Hansen, was the general manager and golf pro at the Polo Fields Golf Course when it opened up in 1986. He was also the first president of South's booster club.
"My father led a group to get the football program started at South Forsyth," he said. "They were the ones that used private money to build the field house. Of course, this was way before the football stadium and all that."
Butch Hansen now lives in Pendergrass.
Dwight Hansen explained that his brother moved to Tallahassee from Woodstock about a year ago to take a job as a general manager at a Hummer dealership.
He said his brother kept in touch over the years with friends in Forsyth County.
"I've probably had 100 people e-mail me or contact me through Facebook that still live in Cumming that I haven't even heard their names in 15 years probably," he said. "He touched a lot of lives."
Dwight Hansen described his brother as a fun-loving leader who believed in living life to the fullest.
"He was always looking for the next party and the next fun thing," he said. "Sometimes it was jumping off Browns Bridge. Not just the road part, but he would actually climb up the side of the bridge to the top and jump off into the lake."
The arrival of Taylor Leigh matured his brother, Dwight Hansen said.
"He was an incredible father," he said.
Those who wish to donate to the fund for Taylor Leigh Hanson should e-mail Hanson.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
According to his obituary, Hansen is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Anne. Other immediate survivors include his sister, Meg Hansen Scaff of Cumming; brothers, Bill Hansen of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Peter Syribeys, Paul Syribeys and Philip Syribeys, all of Atlanta; and other relatives.
Memorial services were held Friday in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home.