Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/22/12

As a former longtime rock in the middle of the Packers' offensive line and Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Scott Wells has experienced the highs that go along with playing in the NFL.

However, Wells, now the Rams' center, also dealt with his share of lows, too. Primarily, off the field with his wife Julie.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim wrote a fantastic piece detailing the couple's struggles, including the loss of premature twin boys, born on Thanksgiving Day 2005.

Following that tragedy, and months of trying to expand their family, Scott and Julie traveled to an orphanage in Uganda this summer, eventually gaining legal custody of three children: 2-year-old R.J., Elijah, 3, and Caroline, 4.

But another hurdle remained. The children had no visas, preventing them from traveling to the United States.

This is when the fork-in-the-road moment came.

With Rams training camp set to get underway, Scott had to return home. Julie, faced with a tough choice, decided to stay in Uganda and wait out the process. Upon receiving the visas almost ten weeks later, Julie and her new brood of three finally arrived back in the states, meeting with Scott and their other three children, Lola, Jackson and Kingston.

The family had finally been formed.

This Thanksgiving, seven years after Scott and Julie's lowest point, they will remember their lost sons, but also give thanks for what they've attained.

"I learned that you can do more than you think you can," said Julie. "You're stronger than you think you are. And you're willing to do anything for your kids -- whether they came from your body or not."

As we sit down and enjoy a day of food and football, remember to recognize and appreciate the most important aspect of life -- family.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Bosh's camp 'angry and suspicious of Heat's intentions'

JJ Watt pens dramatic letter to fans about back injury

Le’Veon Bell vows to win appeal: ‘I’m not going to miss games’

Dallas Cowboys' team employee bus involved in fatal crash

Aldon Smith posts video under a pseudonym of a blunt on Periscope

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Cam Newton get blocked by a girl playing volleyball

Russia avoids complete ban from Rio Olympics by the IOC

Report: Padres trying to move Andrew Cashner, Derek Norris

Baseball's top prospect called up to majors by Astros

Report: Braves 'aggressively' shopping Francoeur, Aybar

Report: Hue Jackson designing plays for Terrelle Pryor

KD, Draymond Green booed in L.A. during Team USA exhibition

Top storyline for each NFL team heading into training camp

Eight MLB veterans that need to be traded before deadline

Andre the Giant drank six bottles of wine before match?

Cristiano Ronaldo spars with Conor McGregor in gym

Adam Silver is the new standard-bearer for league commisioners

Iowa football player held at gunpoint by police while playing Pokemon Go

Eight most significant injuries going into NFL training camp

Man. U players banned from playing 'Pokemon Go?'

Ken Griffey Jr. put on backwards hat during HOF speech

Mike Piazza honors 9/11 victims during Hall of Fame speech

Jeremy Lin hints he is racially profiled by arena employees

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker