Prep Athlete of the Week

‘The light always wins’: Family and football a win for athlete after foster care

By Craig Loper —  Published: Nov 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM PST

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LOWELL, Ore. – Alex Norris is a senior tight end and defensive end at Lowell High School.

Alex’s accomplishments on the field are incredible, but his story off of it is even more amazing.

Alex was placed in the care of the state when he was 10 years old and spent the next 4 years moving from one foster home to the next.

“You start to lose trust in people. I’ve been in some dark places but I’ve always tried to follow the light. The light always wins,” he said.

At 14, Alex was adopted by the Norris family of Lowell. He took their last name two years ago.

He has overcome the odds, going from a “D” and “F” student to an “A” student and the goal to become a paramedic after high school.