Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Terrelle Pryor is Thankful that Al Davis Took a Chance on Him


There’s a swagger returning to the Oakland Raiders, and that swagger begins with the guy who wears the #2 jersey.  Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is many things, talented, skilled, hungry, and tough, which are just a few of the words that could be used to describe him.  Mature and humble are two words I can now count among Pryor’s descriptions.  He took full responsibility for the loss on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.  Even though it wasn’t just his fault for the loss, he put it on his shoulders, and this is the sign of a leader.

In life, we grow up and there is someone along the way who positively influences us.  A person who guides us along our path, or someone who gives us a chance for success.  In Terrelle Pryor’s life, one of those who gave him a chance was the late and great Al Davis.  Mr. Davis was a man who was known for finding talent where most wouldn’t even look.  He was known for taking a chance on a player when other teams turned their back on him.  This was the case between Al Davis and Terrelle Pryor.

When the other teams turned their back on Pryor for the incident that occurred at Ohio State, Al Davis used one of his 2012 draft picks to snatch up Terrelle Pryor in the 3rd round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft.  Mr. Davis saw something in Pryor that the other teams didn’t.  He was willing to take a chance on Pryor.  This would be the last draft pick of Mr. Davis’ life.

Terrelle Pryor was interviewed by Peter King of TheMMQB.com on Sunday after the game, and he had this to say about Al Davis, “I owe Mr. Davis.  This man believed I’d be a star quarterback.  He said that to me multiple times.  He took a chance on me when other teams wouldn’t.  And I think he was smiling down a little bit today, watching this.  This may sound crazy, but every day I’m thankful for what he did for me.”

A thankful man, a humble person, a quarterback ready to lead his team to victory amongst all the negativity that had surrounded the Oakland Raiders for years.  Al Davis will be remembered for numerous accolades throughout his life, and he can count Terrelle Pryor among them.  A new era has begun in Oakland, and that era begins with the Raiders quarterback, Raider Nation’s quarterback, and “Al’s guy.”  The guy that Al Davis was willing to take a chance on, Terrelle Pryor.

Tags: Al Davis Oakland Raiders Raider Nation Terrelle Pyror

  • Stanley Carr

    Love this article…

  • Brandon

    Love this article! Pryor is going to be great he shows up early works his ass off and puts in work during the offseason. With all that talent he has and the work ethic he will lead our Raiders back to excellence! Just win baby!

  • Jay Haskins

    I see you took down my post. I understand, you didn’t want to be called out. No problem. Welcome aboard the TP bandwagon

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Which post was that? Call me out, I have thick skin. I admit to not being on the TP bandwagon. I though Flynn was the better option before training camp. I was wrong. I will always admit when I’m wrong. You were right.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you for liking the article. You are so right, he has a huge work ethic, and this will pay off in the long run.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you

  • Jay Haskins

    Ok…and so it is. But I posted a comment yesterday with a link to TP’s Sugar Bowl MVP game. What was the problem with it? Certainly didn’t contain any profanity

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I didn’t receive it. If you sent it to someone else, I don’t have any control over that.

  • Bob Yost

    As always, very well written… I’d have no use for Fansided if not for you Shane!