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New twist to ex-Bull Voss' redemptive tale



Former USF QB Alton Voss' successful ongoing recovery from drug addiction, first chronicled in the Tampa Bay Times two winters ago, has grown a bit more surreal.

You'll never guess with whom he has struck a deep friendship. Details are in this story, which runs in our Pasco County editions Sunday.

A 2007 USF signee from Gulf High, Voss sank into an abyss of addictions -- including prescription drugs and later crack -- and abruptly departed the Bulls program less than a year after arriving.

After a car-theft arrest in Michigan, and subsequent two-year stay in an Argentina treatment center, he joined Division II Grand Valley State as a walk-on and just completed his inaugural season as a Lakers tight end and special-teams fixture.

"It was a different kind of football for me this year because I was that new guy and I wasn't given anything," said Voss, who once passed and rushed for 1,000 yards in the same season at Gulf.

"Every bit of playing that I got this year I had to work very hard for it to be mine. So it was a humbling experience this season. This was something I never experienced before but I had a great time."

[Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:46pm]


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