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.