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As a football coach, you are always being watched, and the opportunity to impact lives - both positively and negatively - is omnipresent.

To accurately describe Mark Leon, who lives with Down's syndrome, as a football fan, you'd have to harken back to the original meaning of the word - fanatic. He loves his school's team, the Dakota Ridge Eagles, and from nearly 1,000 miles away in Littleton, Colorado, he loves his Texas Longhorns.

At Dakota Ridge, Coach Woj got Mark involved with the program from his first day as a freshman student. He began as a manager and, as you'll see, has since evolved into a quasi-assistant coach. And while he's on the sidelines, or at home, or in school, or presumably anywhere outside of the shower, Mark sports his trusty Longhorns cap.

In case you didn't see it the first time around (and, let's be honest, you probably didn't) the Longhorn Network captured what Mack Brown and Dakota Ridge football mean to Mark Leon. 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.