A year ago, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was one of the biggest names in NFL circles. The lockout had ended, and the NFL had yet to schedule the supplemental draft. Eventually, the NFL applied a five-game non-suspension suspension to Pryor, who was taken in round three by the Raiders.
Today, Pryor has fallen largely out of sight. As he works to develop as a player and create/await opportunities to get on the field, Pryor is recovering from the loss of two of the people who are closest to him.
In the span of a week in July, Pryor’s 44-year-old father, Craig, and Pryor’s 68-year-old mentor, Ted Sarniak III, died.
“The toughest thing is I can’t talk to Teddy or my dad, and they’re the only people I leaned on,” Pryor said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m by myself now. I try to work around it and not think about it constantly.”
It’s a little harder for him to keep himself busy, given that he’s not getting much work in training camp. Pryor, who may have complained about that before his recent experiences, apparently has gained perspective and maturity through his grief.
“Right now I am taking less reps, but that’s OK,” Pryor said. “I am just grinding and having fun. Smiling and getting better. One day I am going to be where I want to be.”
We hope Pryor gets a fair shake, somewhere. If the new regime in Oakland wouldn’t have drafted him, then they should trade him or cut him. The scandal that ended his college career prematurely and brought down his head coach looks like a parking ticket in comparison to what happened at Penn State; it’s time for Pryor to get a chance to turn the page and show what he can do as a pro.