There are all different types of Buckeye student athletes.
Most are the ones that put in their time and move on to “regular” life beyond college, while some others go on to be mega stars professionally in their sport. And though they are few, there are those in both categories who are honored and cheered at just the mere mention of their name.
Then there is the even rarer athlete whose name always manages evoke a response; emotionally and sometimes even causing people to discuss their careers. Terrelle Pryor is one of those athletes- from your barber to your mother-in-law, everyone in Buckeye Nation has an opinion on the legacy he left at Ohio State.
About a year and half ago we reached out to Terrelle to talk about his experience and memories about his time wearing the scarlet and grey. At that time his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders was beginning to heat up, as Steelers fans can certainly attest.
Short of a quick phone conversation, though, the chance to talk never worked out as we weren’t able to nail down some time with the former Buckeye signal caller.
A few weeks ago we reached out to Terrelle again and as luck would have it we were able to make better contact (unlike Big Ten defenses) and get some thoughts on his days in Columbus and his future with the Seattle Seahawks.
The entire staff put together a list of things we were curious about, and Terrelle was gracious enough to respond to our questions.
The Buckeye Battle Cry (tBBC): If you could do one thing different during your recruiting process, knowing now what you know, would you have done it any differently?
Terrelle Pryor (TP): No! I would never second guess my opportunities with Ohio State and coach Jim Tressel.
tBBC: Do you still connect with Coach Tressel? How is your relationship with him?
TP: We talk almost once or twice a week, he’s still a big father figure in my life.
tBBC: What was your mindset heading into Wisconsin your freshman year and do you count that as one of your biggest wins in your career?
tBBC: You faced Coach Carroll twice at Ohio State, and are now playing for him. Have there been any conversations about those Trojan-Buckeye battles?
TP: I love Pete, he is a phenomenal coach. I could say phenomenal again. He gives me crap all the time about those wins, though!
tBBC: How is the adjustment to your new team (the world champion Seattle Seahawks) going so far?
TP: I love this team, all we do is compete everyday! Nothing is given and we have to fight and compete every play.
tBBC: After wearing 6 in Oakland are you glad to be back in jersey number 2?
TP: It’s time to take off in this league and I’m preparing to be the best! I’m excited.
tBBC: We have several friends who are Seahawk season ticket holders; the Twelfth Man is very excited about your joining the team. What plans do you have on making an impact on the greater Seattle community?
TP: I’ve been visiting the children’s hospital and making appearances. I just want to make a person smile every chance I get.
And with that Terrelle thanked us for the questions and we sincerely thank him for his time.
When you look at the Seahawks and what they do offensively, the type of talent Terrelle Pryor possesses is a perfect fit. While the defending champions are set at quarterback for the near future, knowing what Pryor brings to the table and giving him a chance to watch and learn behind Russell Wilson for a while can only benefit his career in the league.
In addition, you’ve got to think that Coach Carroll has to feel more than comfortable knowing that he has an athlete like Pryor to insert when the situation calls for it. I also wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see special packages or plays that get him involved and put his size and speed to good use.
Again, huge thanks and best wishes to Terrelle as his career continues- we’re excited to see how the coming seasons play out!