Pryor Apologizes During Bizarre Press Conference
By Brandon Castel
Terrelle Pryor did not take questions Tuesday and neither did his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, during a bizarre 10-minute press conference held in Miami and broadcast live on national television.
Pryor began his statement with an apology to the Ohio State University and Buckeye fans around the nation for actions which led to his decision to leave the program earlier this month, forgoing his senior season in Columbus.
“I'd like to say sorry to the coaching staff, say sorry to my teammates, say sorry to all of Buckeye Nation and all of the Buckeye fans across the country,” Pryor said while sitting next to his agent at the podium.
“I never meant to hurt anybody directly, or indirectly, with my conduct off the field and I am truly sorry.”
Ohio State’s former star quarterback also offered a special apology to his former head coach Jim Tressel, who resigned last month under heavy pressure stemming from the ongoing NCAA investigation.
“In terms of coach Jim Tressel, a special shout out. I'm sorry for what all went down and I apologize with all my heart. I love you just like a father, you taught me a lot,” said Pryor, who left Jeannette, Pa. to play for Tressel at Ohio State back in 2008.
“I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job and a place that you loved to be. I regret the fact that you're not there anymore and I regret the fact that I'm not there anymore.”
Pryor also talked about wanting to finish his degree at Ohio State and declared himself eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft, but the press conference then took a strange and unexpected (although it probably shouldn’t have been) turn when Rosenhaus took over.
The eccentric sports agent who represents over 100 NFL players, including Chad Ochocinco, Kellen Winslow, Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress, began ranting and raving about Pryor’s abilities as a quarterback.
“I’ve been an agent for 25 years now and I’m very excited to be working with him. I’ve met with Terrelle at length and I’m very impressed with him,” Rosenhaus said, mispronouncing Pryor’s name for the first of many times.
“The reason I signed him as a player after all the prognosticating about his future is that I am a firm believer, after 25 years, that Terrelle Pryor will be a GREAT, not a good quarterback, a great quarterback in the national football league. He is going to be a star.”
Of course Rosenhaus is a bit biased about his new client, who he claims to have taken on only after consulting Jim Tressel.
“I don't know that I've ever heard a coach speak more fondly of a player than Jim Tressel spoke about Terrelle,” Rosenhaus said.
“He talked about him the same way that you would talk about a son.”
Not everyone sees Pryor as the same type of can’t-miss player that Rosenhaus was preaching about Tuesday. With his character and throwing mechanics in question, many experts are projecting Pryor to be selected in the fifth round or later in next month’s supplemental draft, but his agent is doing his best grandstanding to change people’s minds.
“He is one of the most gifted quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. For anyone who questions where he is going to be drafted, I expect him to be a first round pick in the supplemental draft,” Rosenhaus exclaimed without batting an eye.
“This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy?”
Since leaving Ohio State, Pryor has spent time working out with NFL receivers like Chad Ochocinco and Donte Stallworth. Ochocinco in particular Tweeted Tuesday that he thinks Pryor will be great quarterback in the NFL, and Rosenhaus made sure to tell everyone how the receivers were having a tough time hanging on to his passes.
“You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick in the draft, and he deserves it, let me tell you what. I’ll make all the comparisons all day long,” he said at the top of his lungs.
“He was 31-4 at Ohio State. He had 8,000 yards in three years. This is Big Ten football he was dominating. He is going to be a great NFL quarterback. With all the teams that need QB’s, you can’t tell me that people are not going to jump on this kid.”
Rosenhaus issued a few more statements about Pryor and then the press conference was suddenly over, leaving more questions than answers.
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