Eddyville, KY


Pike delivers powerful message about drug abuse

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - Updated: 9:55 AM
by Jody Norwood jnorwood@heraldledger.com

Zeke Pike -- once a highly recruited football star whose life became derailed because of drug abuse -- spoke to Lyon County High School students last week.

The Edgewood native was the No. 2 pick for high school football in Kentucky.

The quarterback garnered offers from schools across the country before committing to Auburn University.

Pike was arrested in 2012 after a night out drinking, ending his career at Auburn.

From there, the road continued to spiral downward, making stops at other schools where drug and alcohol abuse continued to get in the way.

"I got caught up in being treated like a superstar," Pike said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. "I got caught up in girls. I would go out to eat and sign autographs. I would take pictures with babies. I was just treated like a rock star."

Pike's journey led him to Murray State University, where an arrest last year in Calloway County provided the first step to recovery.

Last week, Pike and his father Mark came to Lyon County High School to speak on the path the quarterback's life had taken since becoming addicted to Xanax and abusing alcohol.

"Pike spoke to high schoolers, signed autographs for them during lunch, then spoke to middle schoolers, and was mobbed by them for photos and autographs," said Nancye Daniel. "He was most gracious and challenged them to not follow the crowd and make the same mistakes. He spoke to them about their self-worth."

Spectrum Sports from Louisville filmed it for its cable channels and interviewed Derik McCuiston, Lyon County's track/soccer coach.

Daniel said she became interested in Pike's story after reading an article and contacted him after Christmas, inviting him to speak to students in Lyon County as part of the district's Drug and Alcohol Fact Week.

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