"The Catch" came up on the monitor. Tyrone Prothro, sitting on the witness stand wearing a dress shirt with an Alabama Crimson Tide elephant, smiled and enjoyed seeing what he used to do. The play in 2005 is still one of the most remarkable catches in recent college football history. Prothro, a former star Alabama wide receiver, somehow caught the ball while his arms were wrapped around the upper body of a Southern Miss defender as they fell to the ground. Prothro's promising career ended in 2005 due to a gruesome fractured leg and subsequent infection that required 10 surgeries. Prothro testified Wednesday at the Ed O'Bannon trial he still owes nearly all of the $10,000 in student loans he took out years ago. And Prothro also gave an account that he was told by Alabama he would need to pay $10 for each photo he wanted of himself to use in a 2008 book he wrote. “It was surprising because I thought it was as easy as going to (Alabama) and asking for some of my action shots,” Prothro said in an interview afterward. “That part was easy. But after (an Alabama official) telling me I'd have to go online and purchase them, I didn't think that was fair at all.” The third day of the O'Bannon antitrust trial against the NCAA over the use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses brought the case back to some player anecdotes. The plaintiffs attempted to portray being a major college athlete as a full-time job for players whose priorities focus on turning pro more than getting an education. The NCAA countered with examples of ways Prothro had great experiences as a university student.
Ex-Alabama star says he still owes nearly $10,000 in student loans
CBS Sports | Jun 12