tBBC Interview: Catching Up With Terrelle Pryor

Written June 12th, 2014 by Jason
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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.

Terrelle Pryor against Arkansas in the 2012 Sugar Bowl, his last game as a Buckeye

2 Time BCS Bowl MVP

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.

Pryor with head coach Jim Tressel after the 2011 Rose Bowl win

For All The Roses

tBBCDo 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?

TPI think playing the game of football every game is big and important because it’s so hard to win games. Teamwork is key.
tBBCThe 2010 Rose Bowl was one of the best games in your career at Ohio State. It must have been very satisfying to walk off the field when the game ended. Did you prepare differently for Oregon, or did everything just ‘click’ that afternoon?
TP: I think controlling the game with no turnovers — I believe was huge. Didn’t prepare much differently. We played great as a team!

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?

Pryor working out with his new team, the Seattle Seahawks

From The Raiders To The Champs

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.

tBBCWe 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!

8 Comments

  1. MDotySrNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Great Job!!!!

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  2. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Great stuff! Now all we need is for TP to tweet the article! LOL

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  3. ZbdNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Not one comment about his “problems” at OSU?

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    JasonNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for reading!

    In light of the recent (excellent) series done by the Cleveland Plain Dealer we decided to keep our questions on the topic of Seattle and on-field memories at Ohio State. I strongly urge checking out the PD’s series if you haven’t. We have a link to it in red at the very top.

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    WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    GREAT point Jason, haven’t we discussed his problems at OSU enough? Other made the same mistakes as he and he didn’t talk about it to NCAA, we’d still be punished for it

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    pamNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I think his “problems at OSU are well documented. I think it’s unnecessary to re-hash a situation that was beaten to death by ESPN et al. There were other players involved and yet TP is the one who is always the focus and that is not fair IMO. He was/is one of the most exciting players I have seen in my 40+ years as a Buckeye fan. I wish him all the best as I do all Buckeyes who leave the program regardless of how they left. “Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye”

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  4. KenNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Well done, Jason.

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  5. DanNo Gravatar
    June 12th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I hope he continues to work hard and eventually find a fit for his talent in the NFL. I wish he would consider Cleveland but…
    Great article, nice to catch up with him.

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