(September 22, 2014) - Josh Bailey, a senior high school varsity football player from Michigan has quite the story. Josh was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and was non-verbal until the age of 3 ½. Josh said he struggled making friends and fitting in with peers, but football changed everything for him. Currently Bailey, stands at 6-feet-6 and weighs 270 pounds, and is living his dream playing football under the Friday night lights for his school.
Going into high school he was concerned about making friends because of the enormous size of his school, which has 1,600 students.
"Football has given me basically all of my high school friends," Bailey told the Detroit Free Press. "It's given me something to love."
Josh has even gained the interest of an NCAA Division III school in Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Read the entire story of how football has played such a vital part in Josh’s life from the Detroit Free Press.