Terrelle Pryor on Seattle Radio: The QB Supports Court Decision Against the NCAA, Admits Wrong-Doing at Ohio State

By DJ Byrnes on August 12, 2014 at 2:55p

Two former Buckeye greats: Duron Carter (left) and Terrelle Pryor (right)


We last saw Terrelle Pryor cooling his heels with Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby at an ESPY's after-party.

Today, the former Ohio State (and current Seattle Seahawks) quarterback took to the airwaves of Seattle's 710 ESPN station in a wide-ranging interview.

Nobody in this realm needs a refresher on Pryor's ouster, but he admits he was in the wrong. Although, there are some caveats to his admission.

"It was a rule, I broke it and I was wrong for that," Pryor said of his NCAA violations. "At the time, I was getting in trouble -- and I don't even call it being in trouble. I don't think helping my mother, who was in need, is being in trouble. I'll never regret that. The only thing I regret is hurting certain fans, teammates and coaches."

Times have changed in since Terrelle Pryor peeled out of the Woody Hayes Center in 2010, and one would find few people in Columbus that still hold a grudge against the two-time BCS bowl winner.

Pryor also admitted he supported the recent ruling against the NCAA in the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit:

"I'm glad they did that. The only thing I will say about that is when I was at Ohio State, all you see is red jerseys in the stands and you see a lot of No. 2s [Pryor's number at Ohio State]. I'll leave it at that.

Pryor also agreed with O'Bannon's trial contention that he was an athlete masquerading as a student:

"I won't say any school names, but the schools are telling you to take certain classes that you can pass so you can play. The problem with that is, if a guy like that gets hurt and now can't get that 500 grand or up to $5 million in an NFL contract, the guy hasn't learned a lot.

"He didn't learn to be a lawyer. He didn't learn to take the things he needed to move on, and now he has to go to school again. I see it going on an awful lot and I think it needs to be addressed."

Terrelle Pryor: former high school phenom turned NCAA reformer.

(And yes, it's still time to bring Terrelle home.)    


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Oakland Buckeye's picture

Of everythingDJ has written - this is by far the one point I agree most on. Had he not lost his senior season - he may have been our most highly lauded QB ever. Love the way he has approached the aftermath of all this.

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brandonbauer87's picture

That leaves me wanting more regarding classes. First-hand experience or things he's heard?

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sharks's picture

He was All-Academic B1G (Criminology) more than once, doubt he's talking about OSU. Maybe Michigan and the whole General Studies or Kinesiology programs...

A man got to have a code...

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Hovenaut's picture

Commented on the separate thread going on regarding TP.

Same notion, different words...time heals all wounds. Would love to see him come back to Columbus...soon.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

This guy has grown up folks. Once, always.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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AndyVance's picture

Bring the big man home. It's time.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Call Duron a great is a stretch...but TP throwing up a shocker with a Sesame Street shirt on? That's the real headline

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Patriot4098's picture

Duron Carter: former OSU great? In name only.

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Poison nuts's picture

DJ wrote that, so that's sarcasm on The Duron thing.

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teakwood's picture

#BringhomeTP  he was a winner and a kid that made a mistake. Not sure he should have gotten such a big hammer blow through all this,,,

apack614's picture

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

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sharks's picture

My worry is about helping his mom. I'm unaware of anything past merch for tattoos..

A man got to have a code...

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shaggybuckeye's picture

He traded some for tats, but sold most of his memorabilia for cash. I don't recall what all he sold, but I seem to remember a rose bowl mvp, gold pants, and a big 10 championship ring or something along those lines.  I seem to remember that Boom sold his jersey.

This came out shortly after AJ Green had a 4 game suspension for selling his jersey to an agent...  The tat 5's crime was that they played somewhere other than the SEC.

Time to forgive and forget.

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Barnsey69's picture

Yeah he did, and he was probably feeling pretty salty for a while, and I can't blame the kid. Seems like he has grown up, and we have forgiven many Buckeyes over the years that wandered down the wrong path. I bet he would take those items back now, if offered.

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shaggybuckeye's picture

No doubt, and what he got for those items was probably a pittance compared to the actual value on the market.

Barnsey69's picture

It's water under the bridge. I didn't like the cat for a long time, but now it seems rather silly, when you see what happens at other schools...yo Jameis can I borrow some melted butter for this lobster?

I'd shake his tiny hand and welcome him back.

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Catfish Biff's picture

Everyone has their stories but I had a friend in softball officiating, of all things, where there were a lot of football players. The proctor would walk around during the test with the answer sheet so people could see the answers because officiating softball is tough, right?

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ExpressiveBuckeye's picture

My only issue with TP were first hand accounts of him being a dick/bully to other students as a freshman because of who he was. However, how can you blame a guy who has had everything handed to him since childhood based on his athletic ability?

Sounds like he's grown up quite a bit since those days. Bring him back and let 'em live.

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RKilbane20's picture

I've have a couple first and second hand accounts of Pyror at parties I or others have been too.  I won't post them here but they're along the same lines you mention.

Class of '14 & '16

BucksfanXC's picture

This sounds like a "I'm not sorry I did it, I'm sorry I got caught" to me. I'm of the opinion that nothing he did was wrong either, but whatever. I know he still feels bad about how it turned out. I don't think he should have been banned in the first place honestly. But it was a rule and he did break it I guess.

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GVerrilli92's picture

What I struggle with is TP's exile from Columbus for trying to make an extra buck, while Ray Rice sits out two games for going Rocky on a chick's face.

Still trying to figure that one out.

TP was, and always will be, one of my favorite buckeyes of all time. Sure what he did was wrong, but worse things are happening all over the country. Obviously he feels like all of this negatively affected his shot in the NFL, and that has to be a huge source of the butt hurt. However, it's kinda silly to not see where he's coming from in supporting the O'Bannon trial outcome. If he were a 20 year old athlete 5 years from now and made the same decision, it might be ruled as completely legal. 

Don't agree with him.. but his perspective and experience would lead him to think that way for pretty obvious reasons. 

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Or perhaps the most ridiculous part of it all - having to sit out pro games while being suspended for what he did in college. Sat out more games than Ray Rice.

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Rob Reese's picture

Or perhaps the most ridiculous part of it all - having to sit out pro games while being suspended for what he did in college. Sat out more games than Ray Rice.

Because fake media outrage was directed at T. Pryor.  League NFL officials/pencil necks calculated (incorrectly) that they had to follow suit. What a joke.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I'm still mad that he couldn't pull out a victory against USC.

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Knarcisi's picture

2008 Penn St and 2009 USC never had me so pissed off at Jim Tressel 

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NashBuckeye's picture

TP has definitely grown up and I will root for him to have a good career in the NFL.  Not sure it is going to happen but I would be happy to see him do well.  Maybe with this whole Autonomy thing, we would be allowed to reduce the time he is banished from the program.

buckguyfan1's picture

He could sit at my family's dinner table any day of the week.  We all can learn from this.

Denster's picture

The question I think is on everyone's mind is...

Is TP flashing the shocker in this pic?

Cheeky bastard.

"It's a double-barreled pistol that fires hard work and victory..."

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Larryp713's picture

I hope Pete Carroll finds a way to use both of these Buckeyes, and he is the right coach to do it. They are insanely talented athletes that took longer than others to mature emotionally/mentally. I like the phrase "once/always" - we, as fans, should always cherish those who chose the to play for the Buckeyes over all the other schools out there. If they stumble after that, we can be disappointed, but we should always respect their decision to choose the Buckeyes. TP was one of the top 5 QBs to ever play for the Buckeyes, so I would also like to see him come home.



12egulator's picture

The O'Bannon decision is simply the beginning of the end of the NCAA as we know it.  History will eventually demonstrate and validate how draconian, unreasonable, and ultimately UNFAIR the system is which artificially caps athlete's compensation to the value of their scholarship.  Terrelle is/was my favorite player, and I continue to wear his #2 jersey at all OSU sporting events (including the 2013 Sweet 16 matchup won by Q's buzzer beater at the Staples center; as pictured in my avatar).

The memorabilia that he sold was earned by his skill, effort, and HARD WORK.  The tattoo hookups he received were given in exchange for the BENEFIT he conferred upon the business, who earned publicity for being able to state that Buckeye players frequent their establishment.  

Many of us state that a "rule is a rule", and that he was wrong for breaking such rule.  That is not an invalid opinion.  However, I would have us ask the questions "What purpose does this rule serve?  Who benefits from this rule? IS THIS RULE EVEN RIGHT?"   

I will never forgive the NCAA for robbing us of Terrelle's senior year and the possible National Championship that he could have led us to.  

I look forward to its abolition.  

TURD_BUCKET's picture

I never thought that selling or trading the memorabilia was that big of a deal, but I understand why it isn't ( so far ) allowed and is against the rules. And there were a lot more players that were selling stuff than just the few who were caught. My issue with TP was that he QUIT the team after Tressel got canned.

BTW, NCAA banned TP from being on OSU campus for 5 years. He will be welcomed back once the time is up.

I don't agree with the fact that his stats from 2009 were wiped off the books, and career totals adjusted accordingly. That season, and a senior year had he stayed, would have put him at the top of most career records for a QB. Braxton will have those records now ( along with top 5 in rushing ).

Good luck to TP

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