Alex Neutz: Football & Depression, Pressure & Painkillers

A Buffalo Sports Page Podcast

It was the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft.  UB standout and Grand Island native Alex Neutz had his family gathered to watch, and see if he’d be picked by an NFL team.  As one of the Bulls all time leading receivers and a Mid-American Conference star, there’s a chance he would be.

Everyone wanted to hear his name called.  Except Alex Neutz.

Alex was hoping he wouldn’t be picked, or even signed as a free agent.  Ending his football career would end his pain.

It’s a gripping story of how a sport America loves was exactly the opposite for Neutz. The pressure to perform, the pressure to live up to everyone’s standards, led Alex down a road of depression and addiction to painkillers.

Now, he’ s revealing the details of his struggle.  It started with a Twitter posting last week.


Then, Alex joined Paul Peck & Kevin Sylvester for a very special Buffalo Sports Page podcast.


Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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