ALEXANDRIA, V.A. (WUSA) -- At six feet, 220 pounds Ireton lineman, Josh Reed, is smaller than many of his opponents, but the Cardinals' junior standout is resilient and determined, making him a force on the field. That strength comes from his supportive family and Reed's will to overcome physical hardship for his love of football.
Roy and Mary Reed adopted Josh when he was an infant and it was a tough transitional period for the family.
"It can be difficult when you've got a baby who's particularly sensitive and cries a lot," said Roy Reed, Josh's father.
But the Reeds were devoted to their son's care and helped him become a part of their blended family, as Josh has six siblings, three of which were also adopted.
"I feel like we're closer than what a regular family would be," said Josh.