Terrelle Pryor angry about Ohio State treatment, but has moved on

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) reacts in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor appears to be back on top of the football world these days. Earning rave reviews around the league and getting his potential talked up on a daily basis, Pryor also has earned the love of the Raider Nation who feel that the former Ohio State quarterback is the franchise QB they have been waiting for since Rich Gannon.

On Sunday the O.co Coliseum was sold out and rocking for all four quarters, with the excitement around Pryor creating a buzz for a game that initially was dubbed the “Clowney Bowl” between the leagues two worst teams based on many experts preseason predictions. That wasn’t the case at all as the Black Hole gave Pryor, and the Raiders more than enough support.

It was how things used to be for Pryor before things came crashing down at Ohio State, a place for most of his career he helped continue the tradition of Buckeyes Big Ten dominance in the 00′s. The now infamous “tattoo’s for memorabilia” scandal saw the NCAA take away Pryor’s eligibility, OSU’s bowl eligibility and the love of the Buckeyes fanbase for Pryor in a flash.

To this day Pryor still doesn’t feel like he will ever be accepted in Columbus, but he has moved on.

Today, the Columbus Dispatch released a piece about Pryor, in which he shared his thoughts about the end of his days with the Buckeyes. Pryor was quoted in saying that he has moved on from what happened in Columbus and is focused on the NFL now. Fansided Ohio State Buckeyes blog Scarlet and Game were the first to point to the Dispatch article.

“That’s my school, but they don’t really accept me,” Pryor said. “I’ve moved on to what I have now, and that’s just football.”

The Buckeyes were playing Cal over the weekend prior to the Raiders home opener, but Pryor did not attend the game on Saturday. Even if he decided to go, Pryor would have had to pay his way, as accepting free tickets would violate his five-year ban from the university that started in 2011.

“Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them,” Pryor said. Pryor was so upset while talking that a Raiders official cut off a question from a Columbus Dispatch reporter.

Pryor is still obviously hurt by the way his collegiate career ended and how the NCAA essentially nearly killed his career. He has every right to be as do the handful of players each year that are ruled ineligible each year by the NCAA as they make billions of dollars in revenues across the country. Pryor broke the rules, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was the victim of a business that uses college players. He doesn’t appear to be over that fact and how the Buckeye fans and university scapegoated him after he did a lot for the program.

It is clear now that Pryor has been using that as motivation to get better and realize the potential that he started in Columbus. Now he is a fan favorite in the pros and a star on the rise, it might not have been the fairytale that he appeared to be headed for at one point, but he appears to be better for it.

Topics: AFC West, NCAA, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes, Terrelle Pryor

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  • Chilipot

    Terrell ….. Please don’t judge Buckeye Nation by a few troll comments. Please don’t fall victim to those who try to defeat you and the Buckeyes. There are the majority of us that know that it was a primary melt down of the Administration that hung us all out. Threw us under the bus with you and Tress taking the hit.

    Any other Institution would have done way way more than ours. Miami, Oregon, Auburn, and now tAm.

    Terrell, the great majority of fans are now Raider fans and pulling for you. Take another look at the O-Zone. Look past the trolls in Buckeye clothing. Ohio State was privileged to have you and Tress and still feel that way.

    Now just one final comment, I didn’t like your one comment about “all you did for Ohio State” …… that goes unsaid and we all know it without a reminder. You were not lilly white, and Ohio State also gave you a lot. The final page was wrong, misprinted and flawed. Lets appreciate each other and like you said … move on.

    GO Terrell, GO Raiders, and GO BUCKS !

  • RdrFusion

    Pryor, don’t look back!!! Keep doing what you’re doing!!!

  • Silvia Arredondo

    I say let college players get paid. They are making the colleges millions of dollars anyways. I would say thats using too.

  • Frank Cuccia

    Terrell,

    I am a 58 yr old buckeye alumni, my son and I want you to make. Yeah shit happened! But you are a Buckeye and millions of us have your back. We wish you the best, except when u play the Browns, lol. You are a Buckeye and don’t ever for one second think your not. O_H u know what comes next.

    Go Bucks Go Terrell!!!

  • john

    Hey T P. U will always be an Ohio State Buckeye. I bet you would be surprised how many people from Columbus are pulling for you. Don’t let the shit you read or hear on radio tell the story of Buckeye fans. I and most OSU fans are glad you were a Buckeye and still are. Im a 40 year old fan with a 5 year old son and I show him highlights of you and always tell him you are a great Buckeye. The NCAA is a bunch of men that brake rules, but then enforce rules on young men like they have never made a mistake. Go Bucks! Go T P!!!

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