|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 long 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 horrific, gruesome, career-ending injury in a game against the Florida Gators on October 1, 2005. Prothro was running downfield to catch a pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle (that would've been a touchdown had it not been for Florida Gators cornerback Dee Webb in fast pursuit), and as Prothro jumped up to catch the ball, Webb brought him down and came down on Prothro's lower left leg which snapped his leg completely in half, resulting in a complete break of both major bones (tibia and fibula). All in a 31-3 victory over Florida, ending his junior season, and even after 11 extensive surgeries, doctors were still not able to fully repair Prothro's leg to 100% and ultimately ended any possibility of him playing football again, at any level. Which is even more unfortunate considering he was an amazing receiver at Bama, and had it not been for his injury, would've likely gone on to have a successful career in the NFL making millions.  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 has worked for Regions Bank, an Account Manager for Coca-Cola, and a Toyota dealership in Tuscaloosa. On July 27, 2016, it was reported that Tyrone Prothro was hired by the Carolina Panthers as an intern coach for training camp, working with his former head coach and current offensive coordinator Mike Shula. He is now back in Tuscaloosa working at Wagners. http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/alabama-football/carolina-panthers-hire-former-alabama-wr-tyrone-prothro/  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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- "Ex-Cleburne star snags ESPN's top sports award". The Cleburne News. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- "Alabama 30, Southern Mississippi 21". USA Today. 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Jones, Adam (2008-08-09). "Prothro graduates, looks ahead". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- 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.
- "Alabama's Prothro placed on medical scholarship". USA Today. Associated Press. 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
- "Prothro's catch still lives on". BleacherReport.com. 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "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