Watching Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor conduct his locker room press conference after the game against the Indianapolis Colts was like watching a young kid who just lost his best friend. His eyes were constantly directed downward, and his body language said that he was ashamed. Ashamed that the Raiders lost the game. He even took it upon himself to accept responsibility for the loss. On September 11, his press conference was the exact opposite. Pryor was poised, controlled in his responses, and he appeared confident and ready to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
So much has been made of the stiff arm that Pryor gave Safety LaRon Landry, but Pryor simply said, “It was just me being competitive and protecting myself.” What looked to the public like a stronger man flexing his muscle was, in fact, just a player trying to make a play while keeping himself healthy. Just another example of the press blowing something small out of proportion.
Growth is really the biggest thing I keep seeing from this 24-year-old quarterback. He is a quick learner who is not going to dwell the mistakes, but he will use the mistakes he makes to improve his play. When he was asked whether or not he was happy with the decisions he made in the passing game Pryor said, “Absolutely happy with my decisions on passing. Look, I can’t take a sack. If I just didn’t take that sack, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about losing in Indy right now.”
It’s really easy for players to get caught up in their talent and success, but I don’t see Pryor as this type of player. He praised his offensive line, and he said that they were the reason he was able to run around and make the plays. He thanked his receivers and running backs, and he shouldered the burden of the loss. He looks to his coaches and veteran players for advice when he has a question. This is a humble man.