A Mobile school held a special pep rally for a former graduate and Auburn football player Thursday morning, January 23, who’s fresh off playing for the National Championship Game. Jay Prosch returned to his alma mater amid thunderous applause and special citations from city and county officials.
Students at UMS-Wright packed the school gymnasium to promote “Prosch Power” and say “It’s a great day to celebrate Jay.”
The former Bulldog went through a receiving line and received special citations from Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Congressman Bradley Bryne, two men who also former graduates of UMS-Wright.
Prosch was also honored by his former high school coach Terry Curtis, who remembered the players courage helping his mother before she died from brain cancer.
Curtis said, “I’m just so glad to have been a part of his life and his family’s life. I just wish mom was here today to see this.”
“IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY”
Prosch was a member of the class of 2010.
Prosch said, “It seems like yesterday, I was sitting in the bleachers or on the ground, and running through these halls.”
THE “GUS BUS” STOPS AT UMS-WRIGHT
There was a special surprise as well.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn came to the rally, and called Prosch one of the toughest and most unselfish players he ever coached.
Malzahn said, “In the Tennessee game, I don’t know if you saw it. He looked like he was in a 12-round fight. And, they made him come off the field and he was mad. His nose was broken, all that.”
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE
Afterwards, Prosch and Malzahn reflected on the past and future.
Prosch said, “It’s kind of an unreal feeling. I wasn’t a highly recruited guy. I wasn’t a star, really, and so, to be appreciated like this is at the school that I came from is truly amazing.”
Malzahn said, “He (Prosch) was one of the reasons that we had the turnaround, because he bought into everything we asked.”
Between seeing Prosch and Coach Malzahn, it was quite a pep rally for the students.
When asked what he thought about coach being here, UMS-Wright running back Troy Dixon said, “It was cool seeing him in person. I never have before.”
A UMS Wright Cheerleader said of Prosch, “We’re proud of him. He’s achieved a lot. We’re excited to have a day for him and honor him today.”
Now, he’ll pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.
Prosch is playing for the South team in the Senior Bowl Saturday, January 23.