Pettway played high school football just two hours away in Prattville, Alabama. His 1,402 yards and 17 touchdowns were enough to make him a 3-star recruit and receive interest from Florida State and Georgia. He would go on to choose Gus Malzahn and the Tigers.
After redshirting in 2014 and playing fullback for 12 games in 2015, Pettway finally had his breakout season in 2016. He would be Auburn’s leading rusher with 1,224 yards with seven touchdowns. Pettway was named to the first team All-SEC squad and was part of the Auburn team that reached the 2018 Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Pettway would forgo his final year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pettway would go undrafted and would later sign with the Minnesota Vikings in April 30th, 2018. He would be released days later. He would bounce around after that. Being an assistant coach at Auburn University to playing for the Columbus Lions previously and coaching local high school football at Park Crossing in Montgomery.
While it is yet to be seen how Pettway will fit into the system, he comes into a backfield that has rushed for 50 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Luke Collis accounts for 30 of those yards and three of the touchdowns. The Lions rank last in rushing offense in the National Arena League with 9.8 yards per game.
The Columbus Lions (2-3) have the week off before getting ready for one of the best teams in the league when the Carolina Cobras (4-1) visit the Columbus Civic Center on June 1st at 7PM.