Former USF signee Alton Voss caps improbable turnaround
The surreal career resurrection of Alton Voss culminated Tuesday with the former USF football signee earning one of his league's most coveted honors.
Voss, now a senior defensive end at Division II Grand Valley (Mich.) State, received the Jack McAvoy Award. The award is presented annually to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player who combines outstanding character and leadership on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Voss, who starred at Gulf High, walked away from USF in 2008 after his adddiction problems had segued from prescription drugs to marijuana and crack. His recovery, which included a two-year stay at a treatment center in Argentina, was chronicled in this Tampa Bay Times story.
He now shares his story with groups across west Michigan, and is also active in youth-football camps. On the field, he earned first-team All-GLIAC honors with 52 tackles and 4.5 sacks.