Miller Forristall: 7 things to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide football tight end

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Miller Forristall during his Alabama football career has experienced the gamut. 

He was on Alabama's 2017-18 College Football Playoff national championship team, but that season, he tore his ACL in the third game and missed the rest of the season. It's one of many injuries during his Crimson Tide career. 

There was also the matter of Forristall getting engaged to his girlfriend, but we'll get to that later. 

Here is some basic information about Miller Forristall: 

  • Height: 6 feet, 5 inches
  • Weight: 244 pounds
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Birthday: March 11, 1998
  • Hometown: Cartersville, Georgia
  • High school:  Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia

Here are seven more things to know about Alabama football tight end Miller Forristal. 

Miller Forristall missed 4 games in 2019 with a voice box injury

Alabama tight end Miller Forristall (87) during the Alabama Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca., on Saturday January 5, 2019.

During the first quarter of a game against Arkansas on Oct. 26, 2019, Miller Forristall got hit in the throat with an elbow. 

"He knew he got hit in the throat, he felt weird, he felt like his Adam’s apple was on the side of his neck," Shawn Forristall, Miller's father, said in 2019. "They checked him and he said, ‘I can go back in.’ So he played with it the whole game. It’s a blessing he didn’t get hit there again because he probably would’ve been getting an emergency tracheotomy on the field."

In the game against Arkansas, Forristall had two catches for 11 yards and one kickoff return for 3 yards. He had surgery Oct. 29 to repair his hyoid bone and larynx — commonly known as the voice box, and he missed the final four regular season games.

He returned to play in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. 

Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Miller Forristall (87) runs for a touchdown past Michigan Wolverines linebacker Cameron McGrone (44) during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

"Basically, the larynx, which is all this cartilage in your neck where you breath out of and your voice box is and all that good stuff, if you get hit hard enough there it can kill him," Shawn Forristall said. "That’s kind of what happened to him. It dislodged on the side and luckily it didn’t affect his breathing at that moment, but they have to reattach it, especially if he wants to play football. So they had to reattach it and he’s got a couple of small plates in there — a couple of tiny, small plates and little screws — to reattach the cartilage. ... It’s a very unfortunate situation, but it could’ve been a lot, a lot worse. He’s very blessed that he didn’t have somebody cut open his neck on the field because he’s gasping for air.”

When he returned, Miller Forristall caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception, during the 2020 Citrus Bowl against Michigan

"I could speak after a couple of days,” Miller Forristall said. “Eating was the worst part. I dropped a couple of pounds."

Miller Forristall:Alabama tight end Miller Forristall’s injury could have been much worse

Miller Forristall got engaged to his girlfriend in 2020

Miller Forristall and his girlfriend, Abby Lutzenkirchen, got engaged during the 2020 college football season. 

Forristall and Lutzenkirchen both posted photos on their Instagram accounts on Nov. 7, 2020. Lutzenkirchen said in her Instagram post, "Locked in for life. I love you, Miller Forristall!"

Forristall was wearing grey gym shorts and a navy T-shirt when he proposed. The T-shirt was for the Lutzie 43 Foundation, which was founded after the 2014 death of Auburn football tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen in a car accident. Abby Lutzenkirchen is the sister of Philip Lutzenkirchen, who played for Auburn football from 2009-12.

Abby Lutzenkirchen played women's soccer at Alabama from 2012-15. 

Miller Forristall's numerous leg injuries at Alabama football 

Alabama tight end Miller Forristall (87) scores against Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday August 31, 2019.

Miller Forristall dealt with an ankle injury during the 2020 season that slowed his production and led to more opportunities for freshman Jahleel Billingsley. Forristall initially injured his ankle against Georgia on Oct. 17, 2020, and he did not play against Kentucky on Nov. 21 due to a sprained ankle and shoulder injury. 

Forristall went through spring football in 2019 with a broken foot.

He played with a broken ankle during five games in the 2018 season. 

On his first catch of the 2017 season — for a 12-yard gain — Forristall tore his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It was Forristall's third game of the season, and he received a medical redshirt for 2017. 

Forristall even did rehab exercises on his right knee during Alabama's trip to the White House in April 2018 after winning the national championship. 

Miller Forristall took a selfie with President Donald Trump

The Alabama football team visited the White House on April 10, 2018, and Miller Forristall did not miss the chance to get a photo with U.S. President Donald Trump

"Great day and the White House and a yugeee honor meeting The President of the United States," Forristall said on his Instagram post from April 10, 2018. 

With their foreheads inches away from each other, Forristall took a photo. Forristall was wearing a white shirt and a yellow tie with silver and blue stripes. Trump was wearing a white shirt with a red tie with blue stripes. Both were wearing dark coats. 

Forristall also took a photo of himself at the podium in front of the south portico of the White House

Miller Forristall trained in martial arts as a kid

Alabama football players Miller Forristall and Tua Tagovailoa greet Coach Nick Saban at the annual Nick's Kids Foundation luncheon.

Miller Forristall began training in martial arts, according to 247Sports, around the age of 6 or 7 years old at Georgia Martial Arts & Self Defense. 

His father, Shawn Forristall, is a fourth-degree black belt in Aikijujutsu/Aikido and runs Georgia Martial Arts & Self Defense

“There were days where he had tears in his eyes just because he was getting the crap kicked out of him,” Shawn Forristall said to 247Sports. “But he never quit. He never said, ‘I don’t want to do this again.’ He just kept going out there and kept doing it every class. He’s not worried about getting punched in the nose, literally and figuratively. He’ll take the punches and just keep going.”

Miller Forristall stopped training in martial arts during high school to focus on football. 

Miller Forristall, Trevor Lawrence were high school football teammates

Miller Forristall and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence were high school teammates on the Cartersville High School football team in Cartersville, Georgia. 

Forristall graduated high school in December 2015. Lawrence graduated high school in December 2017. 

In their final year playing together, Cartersville went 15-0 and won the 2015 Class AAAA Georgia state title. Cartersville beat Buford 10-0, and the only touchdown was on a 5-yard pass from Lawrence to Forristall. 

In this Dec. 10, 2016, photo, Cartersville's Trevor Lawrence (16) is pressured by Thomas' Will Roberts (91) during a play in the second half of the Class AAAA championship football game in Atlanta.

Lawrence replaced Forristall as the team's quarterback in 2014 with Forristall moving from quarterback to tight end, according to Bleacher Report

"I wasn't mad at Trevor; he's such a great guy," Forristall said to Bleacher Reporter. "But in hindsight, losing the job and moving to tight end was by far the best thing that could've happened to me."

Miller Forristall ranking in 2021 NFL Draft

Alabama tight end Miller Forristall (87) looks to the offiicial after scoring a touchdown during the second half of Alabama's 59-31 victory over Ole Miss Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

There's not a consensus on Miller Forristall as an NFL Prospect. 

NFL Draft Blitz ranks Forristall the No. 11 tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

While NFL Draft Tek puts Forritall the No. 21 tight end and No. 373 player overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. There were 256 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, which would leave Forristall undrafted. 

In 2017 during spring workout testing at Alabama, Forristall ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, and he bench pressed 405 pounds, according to FanSided

Here's more Miller Forristall news: 

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17), tight end Miller Forristall (87) and wide receiver John Metchie III (8) against Texas A&M at Bryant Denny Stadium win Saturday October 3, 2020.
Photo by Crimson Tide Photos
Photo by Crimson Tide Photos

Here is a link to the Miller Forristall bio on the Alabama Crimson Tide football website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik