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Alabama fans, Tyrone Prothro needs your help right now

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In the time we are in today,  understanding and support are the two biggest things one can provide to someone else. 

When it comes to Alabama football, there was one player that gave his all to his teammates, coaches and fans every Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the fall.  He arrived at the University of Alabama in 2003 during a time where the Crimson Tide’s program was not popular. However, popularity did not matter to him. As a native of Heflin, Ala., Tyrone Prothro cared about defending home and playing for the best fans in college football.  

Despite a three-star rating, his blend of speed, hands, route-running skills, explosive plays and awareness on special teams made each home game special. His touchdown receptions versus Florida and Southern Mississippi in 2005 were wonders that fans discuss to this moment. 

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A compound leg injury took his on-field presence from us too soon, but he found a way to bounce back and built a successful life outside of football. His ability to have fun and enjoy life on the field brought smiles to those who may have went through things he did not know about. 

Prothro represented Alabama football in the bad times, and now he needs the fans to assist him as the former legend is encountering a sorrowful situation. 

According to his Instagram, Prothro has had a very rough year. He’s lost his mother, both grandmothers and now his sister, Tameka has died also. With how close the family is, Prothro stated that even in his sadness he knows that God doesn’t make any mistakes. He did mention, however, that the insurance company Tameka had is only paying a small portion of the funeral costs. This leaves the remainder of the family – including Prothro – to come up with the rest. 


He fully understands the state we are in today with the coronavirus and the fight against racial injustice/police brutality, but anything that can be provided to help Prothro will be appreciated. 

Prothro and Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro, wife of his brother Quintin, have even started a Go FundMe account for the funeral.

Tameka Prothro, 38, died on Tuesday from an unknown cause. She leaves behind her 12-year-old son, Makell and her three brothers, Tyrone, Quintin and DonterriusHe solicits the prayers of everyone and after seeing what he gave to the Crimson Tide, it is time for the Alabama nation in terms of football to help Prothro.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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