Forever Families: Quan's Story

Quan Cosby, a Texas Longhorns football legend, tells the story of his adoption at age 13. (Photo: CBS Austin)

Longhorn Legend Quan Cosby is known for his exhilarating performance on the field but his personal story is even more inspiring.

In the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Quan made the winning touchdown. 16 seconds left to go in the game. It's the last play of his Longhorn football career and Quan Cosby showed the world: "As long as you're breathing you have an opportunity to create a different perspective in your life," said Quan.

It's the message he shares with foster children waiting to be adopted through his involvement with Partnerships for Children.

"What they do, I know the power of and the importance of," said Quan.

When PFC shared Quan's story on social media, it went viral. Others started to share their adoption stories.

"I was one of those kids," said Quan.

He grew up in the small Central Texas town of Mart.

"My dad was gone. He was in jail most of my childhood and most of my adult life," he said. "My mom had four boys. She had these jobs that weren't paying much so she had to work two or three of them. We learned how to cook early on and take care of ourselves," said Quan.

It was a struggle.

"Some of my most troubling times of the school year was going to the next school year and not having a back pack," he said. Or wearing the same clothes year after year.

"Statistically all the things that you could check a box on for my life, I shouldn't be in this seat right now," said Quan.

At 13, home life unraveled. Quan and his twin brother were adopted by family friends.

"I'm eternally grateful for the family that adopted me, but wasn't all peaches and cream," said Quan laughing.

"You come with baggage. I came with baggage like nobody's business when I came to my guardians," said Quan.

Quan focused on positive distractions and had the support of his classmates and coaches.

"I need to study all day so I can get good grades and that will keep me out of trouble. I need to use football so I can get to college because we can't afford it," said Quan.

Now with a college and NFL career behind him, Quan visits at least twenty schools a year because he believes education is an equalizer. And some child needs to have hope.

"Who made you into this man that you are?" asked CBS Austin's Lindsay Liepman.

"Everybody I run across," said Quan. "I'm still a work in progress, but I'm here," he said.

If you'd like to learn more about the programs of Partnerships for Children you can go to their website or visit The Heart Gallery of Central Texas to learn more about adoption.

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