Published December 18, 2013 - 1:58pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
D.J. Pettway was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery in February, and he was promptly dismissed from Alabama’s football program. But now he’s back after a 10-month hiatus.
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The defensive end went the junior college route and played this fall for East Mississippi Community College. He got back in the Alabama staff’s good graces and he proudly signed a letter of intent with the ‘Tide on Wednesday–the first day junior college transfers could ink with their respective schools. Pettway was an freshman All-SEC team member for the Tide in 2012, so he’s a huge player to get back. He played in 12 games, and had sacks against Michigan, Arkansas and in the national championship game last year.
Pettway, who wore No. 57 at Alabama in 2012, had this to say on Twitter.
“57 back, signed with Bama again today. nothing but God,” Pettway Tweeted Wednesday. He also posted this last week on Facebook: “Blessed would be an understatement, thank ya lord for delivering me and being my rock and foundation when nobody else was there for these tough ten months.”
In the altercation, Pettway was accused of attacking another student along with former Alabama teammates Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes, who were also dismissed from the program. Pettway left and went on to record 47 tackles and 11.5 sacks this fall at EMCC–which recently won the junior college national championship. In March, after Pettway wrote a long letter emphasizing his regret for what he’d done, a judge granted Pettway permission to attend junior college, and he received youthful offender status.