Flashback Friday: Tyrone Prothro Makes Once-In-A-Lifetime Catch [VIDEO]
Remember this? Of course you do.
If you haven’t already seen it make its way around the Internet this week, Alabama’s game on Saturday against Southern Miss will mark the ninth anniversary and first meeting between the two schools since former Crimson Tide wide receiver Tyrone Prothro made one of the most unbelievable catches in college football history.
Down 21-10 and facing fourth-and-12 from the Southern Miss 43-yard line late in the second quarter at home, Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle heaved a deep pass down the middle of the field to a streaking Prothro, hoping to get something out of the drive before halftime.
And oh did he get it.
With Golden Eagles cornerback Jasper Faulk draped over him, Prothro reached around the defender and caught the ball on his back before somersaulting into the end zone with it still in his hands.
Prothro’s catch was initially ruled a touchdown by officials but after review, it was ruled down at the 1. Croyle threw a 1-yard touchdown on the next play, and Alabama scored two more times in the second half to win 30-21.
Going up against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Aaron Rowand, Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher, USC running back Reggie Bush and New York Mets third baseman David Wright, Prothro won the 2006 ESPY Award for Best Play for his improbable catch.