Perhaps no player in recent memory better represented the highs and lows of college football than former Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro.
Against Southern Miss in 2005, the Heflin, AL, native made one of the best catches in recent memory, reaching blindly behind the head of Golden Eagles DB Jasper Faulk and miraculously catching the ball. Crimson Tide fans still fondly refer to the play as “The Catch.”
Just three weeks later, Prothro’s football career was over after he suffered a complete fracture of the tibia and fibula of his lower left leg during a 31-3 win over Florida.
Despite the ignominious manner in which his career ended, Prothro still has a place in his heart for his alma mater. He still resides in Tuscaloosa and served as the Grand Marshal for Alabama’s 2010 Homecoming Game against Ole Miss.
Prothro most recently worked as a bank teller at Regions Bank and is now “trying to find something that I can do, that I’m good at and love to do.” He is also one of 16 names on the antitrust lawsuit first filed against the NCAA by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon.
No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 15 Texas A&M this Saturday. Tyrone Prothro profile