Gregory Donald Pruitt (born August 18, 1951 inHouston,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 last one as a kick returner. He was also part of the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII winning team.
Pruitt was an All-American at theUniversityofOklahomain 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.
The Greg Pruitt rule established tear-away jerseys as illegal. Pruitt purposely wore flimsy jerseys that ripped apart in the hands of would-be tacklers. In 1979, Pruitt won ABC’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.