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Terrelle Pryor says he turned down Steelers

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The Steelers were able to reel in Bruce Gradkowski to be their backup quarterback this offseason, in part, because of the allure of playing in his hometown.

But that might have cost them another quarterback.

Raiders starter Terrelle Pryor said that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin offered to take him in the 2011 supplemental draft, but that he balked at the chance to return to his roots.

Pryor grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Jeanette, and thought that might put too much pressure on a pro career that didn’t start smoothly anyway.

“Mike said, ‘Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’ ” Pryor said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But he gave me a story about when he was down in Tampa Bay about a quarterback [Shaun King] that was there, and he ended up being in the same hometown. It was just hard for him; he ended up cutting out because of all the distractions. . . .

“I had to say no because, at a young age, I didn’t want to be near home and have distractions around me.”

Fortunately for Pryor, he’s had a chance to develop on the other side of the country, and the lack of connections hasn’t kept him from a solid start.

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23 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor says he turned down Steelers”
  1. knockknockwhosthereowen says: Oct 24, 2013 7:13 AM

    He turned down the Steelers on the advice of Tomlin, sounds like.

  2. ottomanismydog says: Oct 24, 2013 8:05 AM

    Too many West Mifflin and Jennette folks lookin for a hand out

  3. ryantkoenig says: Oct 24, 2013 8:29 AM

    Unless the Steelers were going to use their 2nd round pick, they weren’t going to get him anyway.

  4. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Oct 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    It worked out well for him. He’s the starting QB for the Oakland Raiders now.

  5. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 24, 2013 10:40 AM

    The fact that Pryor says Tomlin, not Kevin Colbert, offered to draft him ought to serve as an indicator as to the power Tomlin wields on draft days. Maybe Colbert needs to get back to making the important personnel decisions.

  6. mythaimyke says: Oct 24, 2013 11:40 AM

    Wish he would of went to Pitt! He won’t last as the Raider starter, for long, this season only! One and done! He’s not a NFL QB!

  7. Deb says: Oct 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    @bob …

    Not necessarily. Draft decisions are made behind the scenes. But no matter how the decision is reached, the conversation Pryor describes would happen with a coach, not a player personnel exec. And I like the conversation. Tomlin zeroed in on potential distractions for Pryor had he decided to play in Pittsburgh, gave him an example of how another QB handled a similar situation, and ultimately convinced Pryor this wasn’t the place for him. The episode shows some of Tomlin’s coaching strengths.

  8. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    Deb:
    Shaun King was a horrible example, mainly because King wasn’t a very good quarterback. Period.
    Charlie Batch had a pretty nice career in his hometown…
    Tomlin is a compassionate man. I get it. He was talking to Pryor as a fatherly figure. I get it. But Pryor also is not an NFL-caliber quarterback, which I’m sure made Tomlin’s “fatherly advice” easier to deliver.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 24, 2013 1:28 PM

    I’m sure the Steelers will return the favor and turn him down. As in face-down on the turf.

  10. stoogy says: Oct 24, 2013 2:35 PM

    Pryor is in fact an NFL caliber QB you will see this sunday as he out duels Ben. The raiders have a better team then the steelers have played in the past 5 meeting. Ben only was able to win one of those games. On the other hand this is the worst steelers team the Raiders has faced in a long time. 34-24 raiders win as they take a 2 game lead in the all time series.

  11. lovefootball4life says: Oct 24, 2013 3:29 PM

    ryantkoenig says: Oct 24, 2013 8:29 AM

    Unless the Steelers were going to use their 2nd round pick, they weren’t going to get him anyway.
    ~~~~~
    So they would have used their 2nd round pick in the 2011 Supplemental Draft which means they would have lost the second round pick in the 2012 draft and missed out on …. Mike Adams. In hindsight maybe Steelers should have done it.

  12. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Oct 24, 2013 4:11 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 24, 2013 1:07 PM
    Charlie Batch had a pretty nice career in his hometown…
    ——————
    To be fair, Charlie Batch was 32 when he came home, older and wiser and able to handle distractions better than a young kid fresh out of the ‘hood.

    Personally I don’t know if the distractions argument holds much water. It’s possible he knew he wouldn’t have a chance at starting in Pittsburgh.

    On a sadder note, I just realized I’m older than Charlie Batch :(

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 24, 2013 4:12 PM

    stoogy says:
    Oct 24, 2013 2:35 PM
    Pryor is in fact an NFL caliber QB you will see this sunday as he out duels Ben. The raiders have a better team then the steelers have played in the past 5 meeting. Ben only was able to win one of those games. On the other hand this is the worst steelers team the Raiders has faced in a long time. 34-24 raiders win as they take a 2 game lead in the all time series.

    5 4
    Report comment. You are implying Ben played all twenty two positions and won one of three. I would say that is quite a feat to single handed beat an entire 53 man raider team….doesn’t say much for the Raiders or your analytical opinion….just another hater hating…yawn.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:17 PM

    The only times SuperBen is given credit for having “played all 22 positions” are after victories. After defeats, he didn’t get enough help. It’s a very simple formula.

  15. stoogy says: Oct 24, 2013 7:00 PM

    nofool you make no sense. you are seriously the worst poster on these forums I think even ravanator makes more valid points then you do. Steelers fans that act like you are the reason I dislike the steelers so much. Bobzilla, Deb are realist and actually see the team for what they. All I hear is the steelers have no talent around Ben? How about Heath Miller an above average TE, A high paid number one receiver that is pretty dang good in Brown. The talent is around him, some QB can just make talent look better then others.

  16. stoogy says: Oct 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    Nofool ben is 1-4 vs the raiders all time. he won one out of four not one out of three. Try using that pea size brain of yours for something football realated not for on line bullying

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 24, 2013 8:40 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 24, 2013 6:17 PM
    The only times SuperBen is given credit for having “played all 22 positions” are after victories. After defeats, he didn’t get enough help. It’s a very simple formula.

    3 3
    Report comment. A very simple formula for you is a glass of prune juice, a dish of figs, with a bowl of chili as a chaser. Ben will be gone soon enough…but will your sunny outlook go with him.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 24, 2013 8:52 PM

    stoogy says:
    Oct 24, 2013 7:00 PM
    nofool you make no sense. you are seriously the worst poster on these forums I think even ravanator makes more valid points then you do. Steelers fans that act like you are the reason I dislike the steelers so much. Bobzilla, Deb are realist and actually see the team for what they. All I hear is the steelers have no talent around Ben? How about Heath Miller an above average TE, A high paid number one receiver that is pretty dang good in Brown. The talent is around him, some QB can just make talent look better then others.

    1 1
    Report comment. I don’t think Deb wants to be classified by anybody, especially by a troll such as yourself. Bobzilla aka oracle of the prunes, is a grumpy old dude who has no life except bashing Ben. He thinks he is all knowing … His flaw is he lacks empathy,sensitivity , and the ability to laugh at himself. You get angry because I call you what you are…a steeler troll.

  19. koenig61 says: Oct 24, 2013 9:35 PM

    Bobzilla NFL fan says Ben is an avg QB and if not for Ben the steelers would be a better tenm. Bobzilla says Ben doesn’t throw for a to. Of yardage or TDs like manning Bree’s Brady etc. Far more NFL experts have come out in praise of Bens play behind this makeshift line. In the past two weeks Ben has placed two TDs in the hands of his receivers that were dropped. And not that it matters, but not every great QB is all about throwing for 5000 yards and 25 TDs. When Ben has to throw for 300 yards and is asked to carry the team, it doesn’t translate into wins, because as you (Steeler expert) should know. The steelers have always been about a hellacious defense, a great running game and steady play at QB. it’s how the steelers have always won. For you to expect or even want Ben to throw for 300 yards a game shows you know nothing about the steeler way. Now go ahead and commence about how you are the only person fit to talk about the steelers and how you have forgotten more about football than the rest of us will ever know. But as I posted before, I’ll take the opinions of bill polian and other NFL people who are paid for the expert analysis, over yours any day of the week. “Ben Roethlisberger put on the greatest single individual display, south of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and Drew Brees, that I have seen in a long time, maybe in my entire career. I mean he was just phenomenal,” said Polian. “He avoided or shrugged off at least four sacks. He made plays down the field that were unbelievable. He was under duress all night from snap one.”
    Despite being sacked five times in the game, Roethlisberger completed 36-of-51 passes in the game for 383 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he had the offense just six yards away from tying the game with 19 seconds left before succumbing to the final sack that thwarted the comeback.
    “The fact that they were one play away from tying the game tells you a heck of a lot about his competitiveness and his toughness, and his ability to make plays,” Polian added.

  20. 1madr8r says: Oct 25, 2013 12:32 AM

    Anybody who thinks TP2, isn’t any GOOD….simply isn’t WATCHING HIM PLAY…PERIOD! And it’s not like any sports reporters are going to give him his props, because he’s PROVING THEM WRONG!

  21. debandbobzillainlove says: Oct 25, 2013 5:21 AM

    bobzilla and stoogy have no football knowledge at all!! clueless as they get!!!

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 25, 2013 10:38 AM

    I wonder if bobzilla thinks:
    a) Steelers should have never drafted Ben
    b) Steelers should have dumped Ben in 20XX
    c) Steelers should have traded Ben to (insert team)
    d) other?

    Bobzilla, I’m curious…..

  23. Deb says: Oct 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    @crown …

    You didn’t ask me, but I’m taking a work break and feel like throwing in my two cents :)

    a) One of our best draft picks in the last 25 years.

    b) No.

    c) No.

    d) Steelers shouldn’t have overindulged him following his early success, which both Bettis and Cowher have addressed. They should have dealt with his ego issues and off-field behavior (riding w/out helmet) through disciplinary means and contractual clauses rather than by making suggestions. They should have hired a more aggressive QB coach–someone like Jim Zorn.

    He has fantastic natural skills. But he’s had a lot of maturity issues and needed more coaching and mental development as a younger player. It’s a lot harder to change the more ingrained behavior becomes, and that’s what he’s facing now. My concern is that he won’t be able to make the necessary adjustments aging will require. That will lead to more injuries and on-field screwups. I don’t want to get rid of Ben. But I’m concerned that we may have to cut our losses before he suffers a serious injury and ceases to have trade value.

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