Forever Families: Josh
16-year-old Josh felt an instant connection with Longhorn Football Legend Vince Young. They met at House Park Field in Austin to spend a day playing football and talking about life.
"It's motivating to see him and where he came from. And he's grown up and how successful he is," said Josh.
House Park field on a sunny fall day is a world away from the tough streets of Houston where Vince grew up.
"My parents were strung out on drugs. They were never home so it was mostly me and my sisters had to take care of each other," said Young.
Josh has spent years in the state foster care system and can relate.
"It wasn't my fault. God has a plan for me now," said Josh.
He knows adoption isn't a guarantee, but wants one thing the most.
"I just want a dad. I didn't grow up with a dad. It was just me with my mom and grandma," said Josh.
It felt like a father-son moment when we stopped rolling our camera but kept the microphone on Vince as Josh asked him about life's lessons.
"Did any kids try to pressure you or anything?" asked Josh.
"Yeah, there was always that," said Vince who said he has made mistakes along the way but focuses on what God's purpose is for his life.
"I was really determined to make it. A lot of people doubt you. The haters. I was always determined in college to be the best that I could be so I could make it to the NFL and graduate from college and do everything that everybody said I couldn't do," said Young.
The rest of the conversation will stay between Vince and Josh. Who now feels motivated to share what he's learned too.
"Life's hard and life's challenging," said CBS Austin Reporter Lindsay Liepman. "How do you stay positive?" she asked Josh.
"I don't look at the negatives. I just look at the positives. See what can be fixed. Step by step," he said. "You're not alone. I thought I was the only one going through this but life gets better," said Josh.
Visit his bio and learn more about adopting a central Texas child at The Heart Gallery of Central Texas a program of Partnerships for Children. You can watch CBS Austin Forever Families every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.