|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg)|
May 24, 1984 |
|High school||Cleburne County High School
|2006 ESPY for Best Play|
High School career
Tyrone was an all state selection as Junior (2001) and Senior (2002). As a Junior, Tyrone played in the 2001 AHSAA Super Six 4-A Championship in 2002 they lost to State Champion UMS-Wright. In 2002, his senior year, Tyrone led Cleburne County back to the 4-A Semi-Finals where they lost to the North Jackson Chiefs.
Prothro won an award for Best Play at the 2006 ESPY Awards, as well as the Pontiac Game Changing Award of the Year for his outstanding catch, labeled by many as "the Catch", in which he caught the ball behind the head of Southern Mississippi's Jasper Faulk on a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle right before half-time in the game on September 10, 2005 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Prothro's catch helped the Tide defeat Southern Mississippi 30–21. This play also has been rated by The Best Damn Sports Show Period as the Eighth Greatest Catch of All Time. It was the highest ranked college play on the list, and ranked even higher than such memorable plays as "The Catch".
Prothro suffered a terrible, gruesome injury in a game against the Florida Gators on October 1, 2005. Prothro was running downfield for a touchdown pass with Florida cornerback Dee Webb in fast pursuit, so as Prothro jumped up to catch the ball, Webb brought him down and came down on Prothro's lower left leg which snapped his calf completely in half, resulting in a complete fracture of both major bones (tibia and fibula), also therefore tearing his calf muscles. All in a 31-3 victory over Florida, ending his junior season. Despite extensive rehabilitation and three separate surgeries, Prothro was unable to resume his football career. On August 3, 2007, he was placed on a medical hardship scholarship and taken off the football roster with coach Nick Saban saying there was no way Prothro could play again.
Prothro now works as an Account Manager for Coca-Cola in Tuscaloosa. He served as Grand Marshal for the Homecoming game against Ole Miss on October 16, 2010. Prothro is a plaintiff in O'Bannon v. NCAA, an anti-trust suit against the NCAA that went to trial in 2014.
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- Estes, Gentry (2008-08-10). "Former Crimson Tide star Tyrone Prothro receives ovation when he graduates". Mobile Press-Register. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- "Croyle throws three TDs, 'Bama improves to 5-0". ESPN.com. 2005-10-01. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
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- "Prothro joins ranks of Homecoming Grand Marshals". Crimson White. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
- "I'm A Good Guy Now", Sportsonearth.com, Sept. 4, 2012