Aug. 9, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former Crimson Tide football player Tyrone Prothro received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences Saturday morning during August Commencement exercises inside Coleman Coliseum.
Prothro's football career came to an end in the middle of his junior season when he suffered a broken leg against Florida. A first-team All-SEC selection by league coaches following the 2005 season, Prothro amassed 1,982 all-purpose yards during his Crimson Tide career, including 863 receiving yards on 58 catches with five touchdowns.
"The main thing throughout this whole process was to just hang in there," Prothro said. "I've never been one to quit in anything I do. My main focus was on getting my degree. It feels good to hear the cheers from everyone, the congratulations, to know that they (the fans) still love you. It makes you feel great."
Best known for an over-the-shoulder catch in Alabama's win over Southern Miss in 2005, Prothro won both the 2006 ESPY Award for Best Play and the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year.
With his bachelor's degree in hand, Prothro will now work toward attaining his next goal, which is to begin a coaching career. "I want to go into coaching so I am focusing on finding a teaching job," Prothro said. "I may end up going back to school to finish my teaching certification."
Prothro was one of eight current and former Crimson Tide football players to graduate on Saturday. Current Alabama players included senior quarterback John Parker Wilson, senior safety Rashad Johnson and junior offensive tackle Drew Davis.
Five former UA players also graduated on Saturday, including Charles Hoke (Finance), Zeke Knight (Human Environmental Studies), Terrence Jones (Human Environmental Studies), Prothro and B.J. Stabler (General Business).