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Joe Buck Reveals He Dealt With Severe Addiction To Hair Plugs

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on FOX Sports.


Joe Buck's broadcasting career nearly ended because of an addiction to hair plugs.

Joe Buck, the 47-year-old play-by-play man for FOX's top NFL games and the MLB playoffs, revealed in his upcoming memoir, Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, And The Things I’m Not Allowed To Say On TV, that an addiction to hair plugs almost cost him his career.

Richard Deitsch of spoke to Buck about the addiction, which he says started in his mid-20s and, in 2011, almost caused him to lose his voice. In 2011, Buck underwent his eighth hair plug procedure, and a problem with the surgery paralyzed his vocal cord. At the time, he lied about what happened, saying his voice was lost due to a virus, and was off TV for months.


“When I started thinking about writing a book, this was the main reason why,” Buck says. “It wasn’t about stories with my Dad. I wanted to detail the time in my life where I had a lot going on and I was stressed, a time when I started to take anti-depressants and was going through a divorce. Then I had this situation with my voice that rocked me to my knees and shook every part of my world. I’m 47 years old now and willing to be vulnerable sharing a story. Whether the book is read by one person or one million doesn’t concern me. Getting this out and being honest, really telling my story, that was was the impetus behind this.”


“I was lying,” Buck said of the stories about his vocal cord issues. “I think people bend the truth all the time, unfortunately. It was really for self-preservation and ego for me. As I look back, I gave partial truths. Where I lied was when I said the reason why. People would ask, ‘Why is your vocal cord paralyzed?’ I said it was a virus. I didn’t say it was an elective procedure to add hair to the front of my head. It was embarrassing. There’s an embarrassing element to that. Any surgery done to improve one’s looks is not really something someone wants to talk about. So it’s very cathartic to get this out. There are a lot of people across the country, for as silly as this sounds, who obsess about hair loss. I would tell myself I needed to look younger, I needed to have thicker hair, I don’t want to look older than I am. The truth of it is that it was an ego thing, whether I was on TV or not.”

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The book will be released on Nov. 15.