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Greg Pruitt
Personal Information
Born August 18 1951 (1951-08-18) (age 72)
in Houston, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19731984
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing Attempts/Rushing YDS/Rushing AVG 1,996 ATT/5,672 Rush YDS/4.7 Rush AVG
Catches/Receiving YDS/Catch AVG/Receiving TD's 328 Receptions/3,069 Receiving YDS/12 Receiving TDs/9.4 Catch AVG>
Punt Returns/Rtn. YDS-Rtn. AVG
Kickoff Returns/Kickoff Rtn.Yards-AVG
194 Punt Returns/2,007 Punt RTN YDS-10.3 AVG
106 Kickoff Returns/2514 Kickoff Return YDS-23.7 AVG
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Career highlights and awards

  • ABC-TV "Superstars" competiton winner (1979)
  • College Football Hall of Fame inductee (1999)
  • Pro Bowl selection
  • 2x NCAA College Football All-American, (1971, 1972)
  • Super Bowl XVIII champion (Los Angeles Raiders, 1983)

Gregory Donald Pruitt (born August 18, 1951 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football running back in the NFL from 1973 through 1984. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, four as a member of the Cleveland Browns and one as a member of the Los Angeles Raiders, the latter team primarily as a kick returner. He was also part of the Raiders' Super Bowl XVIII winning team.


College playing career[]

Pruitt was an Collegiate All-American RB at the University of Oklahoma in 1971 and 1972, Greg was All-Big 8 as well in '71 and '72. He ranks third among Sooners in career all-purpose yards. Pruitt gained 3,122 rushing yards, 491 receiving yards, 139 yards on punt returns and 679 yards returning kickoffs. Pruitt scored 41 career touchdowns as a Sooner.

In 1999 he was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Greg-Pruitt Raiders Vs Browns 1982

With the L.A. Raiders, Pruitt takes a kickoff for a TD in 1982 game against his former team, the Browns.

The Greg Pruitt rule[]

The Greg Pruitt rule established tear-away jerseys as illegal.[1] Pruitt purposely wore flimsy jerseys that ripped apart in the hands of would-be tacklers.

ABC's Superstars competition[]

In 1979, Pruitt won ABC-TV's Superstars, an all-around sports competition that pits elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic events resembling a decathlon.[2]


  1. 23 Ways to Get to First Base: The ESPN Uncyclopedia, ESPN Publishing, by Belsky, Gary, 49 pages, ISBN 1933060107, 2007.
  2. The Website