Joe Buck is getting new hair plugs.
The veteran broadcaster, and new ESPN Monday Night Football host, took to Instagram on Wednesday by sharing that he will have brand new spanking hair by Week 1 when he and Troy Aikman call the Broncos-Seahawks game that will serve as Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle.
“Training camp doesn’t just start for players. New network, newly arranged follicles. Hello ESPN!!! Cannot wait for September 12, and for this green to wash out of my hair. I promise I’ll look normal-ish by week 1,” Buck wrote on Instagram.
The 53-year-old broadcaster almost lost his voice and career as a result of this same procedure.
In his 2017 memoir Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, And The Things I’m Not Allowed To Say On TV, Buck declared himself a hair plug addict. His transplant days started way back in 1993, and by 2011 he underwent his eighth procedure.
However, something went incredibly wrong and he woke up from the six-hour-plus procedure without a voice. A breathing tube was placed down his throat to protect him during the hair plug surgery and a cuff gets inflated to hold it in place. Buck was told the cuff likely got jostled during the surgery and paralyzed his vocal cord, he told The Howard Stern Show.
His damaged vocal cord forced him to miss a portion of the 2011 MLB season and nearly ruined his career. As you can see, it did not deter him from getting his hair plugs.
“Broadcasting is a brutal, often unfair business, where looks are valued more than skill,” Buck said. “I was worried that if I lost my hair, I would lose my job. O.K., that’s bulls—-. It was vanity. Pure vanity. I just told myself I was doing it for TV.”