‘The Catch' Helped Make Prothro Legend

Earlier this year, 'BAMA Magazine continued a long tradition of having its readers select the Alabama Team of the Decade. The team was previously announced, but this summer we are revisiting and taking a deeper look at those selected. Linebacker Rolando McClain was the Player of the Decade.



Readers of 'BAMA Magazine had the opportunity to select two wide receivers when they chose the Alabama football Team of the Decade for the first ten years of the New Millennium (2000-2009). One of those selected was Tyrone Prothro of Heflin, who played for the Crimson Tide 2003-05.

Although it was not the most important play in Alabama football history, there is no question that ‘The Catch' by Tyrone Prothro has been the subject of more television time than any other.

In what would be his final season because of injury, Prothro made one of the most spectacular catches in football history in the final moments of the first half against Southern Miss. Bama was trailing 21-10 when Prothro caught a pass that was over the back of the defender in front of him. The two tumbled down at the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown and changing momentum. It was the "Pontiac Game-Changing Play" of the season and continues to be shown in promotions for college football and for the annual ESPN Espy Awards. Prothro had 279 all-purpose yards, including 134 yards on seven receptions in that game.

Prothro is also remembered for two other plays, in the same game. On Alabama's first play of what would be a 31-3 romp over Florida, he took a pass from Brodie Croyle for an 87-yard touchdown.

Unfortunately, late in the game Prothro came down in the end zone while trying to catch a pass and suffered a career ending broken leg.

The All-SEC performer had 58 career receptions for 863 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 774 yards.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series on members of the Alabama Team of the Decade.

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