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Terrelle Pryor humbled himself to give up quarterback dream

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 2: Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with teammate tight end Randall Telfer #86 after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 2, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

At a time when a former NFL quarterback opted to ditch the sport altogether to pursue a horsehide pipe dream, another former NFL quarterback has chosen to embrace a position better suited to his skills — and it’s working. Very well.

Terrelle Pryor has become a great receiver in a short period of time, and he explained on Wednesday’s PFT Live his reasoning for making the change.

“I just looked at it like this,” Pryor said. “I love the game and I love playing that position but at the same time I have more love for the game than that position. Ultimately, this game it just means everything to me so I just had to really humble myself and know, ‘Hey, you’re not good enough to play this position, so let’s go and try and do something else.’ It takes a lot of humbling of yourself and it takes you to man up and really just own up to ‘You didn’t do it well and it’s time to move forward and try something else that maybe you might be decent at.’ That’s just where my mind was.”

To become a great receiver, Pryor has sought advice from one of the best to ever do it: future Hall of Famer Randy Moss. So what’s the best advice Moss has given Pryor?

“Tunnel vision,” Pryor said. “Stay in tune, block out anything outside and keep that tunnel vision and go forward, no matter what happens. Sometimes games are gonna be bad, sometimes things are gonna happen that you don’t want and he said, ‘Just keep on going forward because it’s a long season and there’s a lot of plays to be made.’ He said, ‘Just make sure when the ball comes to you make the play, period.’ That’s the type of stuff we talk about all the time.”

Moss is a great resource for any receiver to have, and Pryor is making the most out of his natural abilities, his work ethic, and the advice he has gotten. With a ceiling that’s even higher than where he currently is, Pryor could soon be regarded as one of the best receivers in the NFL.

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32 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor humbled himself to give up quarterback dream”
  1. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Oct 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    As a Buckeye fan and alumni, I’m finally proud of TP. Humbling one’s self is not easy, especially when you’ve been in the spotlight. He’s worked hard, and reaping the benefits. On Columbus Sports Radio -Beanie Wells has said many times that the three hardest working players he’s ever been around were Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and TP. It was tough when the Tressel era came to and end, and obviously TP was a part of that. Hopefully as time passes TP will be more involved in the Buckeye community.

  2. iamkillerfin says: Oct 6, 2016 9:46 AM

    Just too bad Cleveland won’t show up to play the by God patsies the darlings on the NFL!!!

  3. ricko1112 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:48 AM

    Well he stunk as a QB, but now he may have a decent career in the NFL.

    For all his holiness, Tebow displayed one of the 7 deadly sins. The sin of pride.

    He had offers to play fullback and tight end, but his pride ended his NFL career.

    Good luck to Pryor, just not THIS Sunday.

  4. jssebastian2014 says: Oct 6, 2016 9:52 AM

    Tebow potentially could’ve been a game-changing TE if he learned to embrace humility but he couldn’t get past pride. Props to Pryor for making the changes necessary to continue to do what he loves.

  5. polegojim says: Oct 6, 2016 9:56 AM

    Maybe should of had him counsel Tebow, who refused to change.

  6. Jason T says: Oct 6, 2016 10:01 AM

    Why does everyone keep saying that Terrelle Pryor has become a great receiver?

    He’s really just had one big game. Instead of hyperbole, we can say that Pryor has exceeded expectations. No one would group him with Jones, Brown, etc. at this point.

  7. bigswifty74 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:04 AM

    Good on TP. Cleveland has been waiting for a player like this for a long, long time. And I like what I’ve seen so far from Cody Kessler. Let’s let Huge Action have a few years to get all of these young guys to gel, and this team will be scary.

  8. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2016 10:06 AM

    I love the Brownies but when I think of Terrelle Pryor, the word humble doesn’t come to mind.

  9. supra23 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:17 AM

    Unselfish team player unlike Tebow who refused to help the team any way possible.

  10. mysterytonite says: Oct 6, 2016 10:21 AM

    This is a great story and Pryor has set an excellent example for every young football player from pop warner to the NFL. It’s always about helping the team and being unselfish. Being the quarterback at a big program like Ohio state and having every recruiter drool over you saying you are gonna to be the next Randall Cunningham it’s almost impossible as a young man to not let that get to your head. Such a mature transition from such an unlikely place, he’s really come a long way. Obviously Pryor has been rewarded with living the dream of being an NFL player because he never gave up on his dream. Unlike another former player who cringed at the thought of changing positions and we all know what he is doing today. Lots of respect Mr. Pryor, keep up the good work.

  11. mrfrostyj says: Oct 6, 2016 10:23 AM

    Jason T says:
    Oct 6, 2016 10:01 AM

    Why does everyone keep saying that Terrelle Pryor has become a great receiver?

    He’s really just had one big game. Instead of hyperbole, we can say that Pryor has exceeded expectations. No one would group him with Jones, Brown, etc. at this point.
    ————————————————————-

    Because they’ve watched and he absolutely has become a great receiver. He’s not going to have AJ Green/Julio Jones #’s because he’s on a team with a run first offense but when they do pass and it’s to him he makes big plays.

  12. harveyredman says: Oct 6, 2016 10:23 AM

    Hope he makes it. Got hosed by the NCAA and never got a chance to finish sharpening his skills in College. Probably still wasn’t going to be an NFL QB, but glad he is making a good effort at WR.

    God speed, youngster.

  13. athwartships says: Oct 6, 2016 10:24 AM

    Look, I have always liked this guy. I really liked what I saw from him in Oakland despite the other issues the team was having and thought with some maturity, this kid could go far. I am glad he has found a place to grow. Would have been a shame for this guy to fall through the cracks. Not going to jump to the silly hyperbole, but I think he is doing the right things.

  14. denver1983 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:26 AM

    Best QB on the Browns. What do they go to lose?

  15. bigugly2005 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:29 AM

    Wait, did Humble and NFL Player just get used in the same sentence? What a freakin concept….MORE please!!!!

  16. sopadegato says: Oct 6, 2016 10:33 AM

    For all the “but but Tebow should have changed positions too” guys, he isn’t fast enough. Even as a QB, Pryor was a hell of a runner.

  17. contract says: Oct 6, 2016 10:38 AM

    “Unselfish team player unlike Tebow who refused to help the team any way possible.”

    Because Tebow wasn’t doing punt protection/coverage duties with the Jets?

  18. scoocha says: Oct 6, 2016 10:41 AM

    More chOsU fans with their heads in the sand. He was always a terrible QB but he was an amazing athlete. You can get away with that in CFB just not in NFL

  19. jag1959 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    Great receiver after 4 games 19 for 290 and 1 td with half of those yards coming in one game. It’s hard not to root for the guy but let’s slow the roll a little.

  20. elyasm says: Oct 6, 2016 10:42 AM

    “…and if you know the ball’s not coming to you, feel free to take a play off here and there to catch your breath.”

  21. sabrastang says: Oct 6, 2016 10:43 AM

    That and it was either make millions playing WR or work a regular 9-5 like all of us… HMMM, decisions, decisions.

  22. liquidmuse says: Oct 6, 2016 10:50 AM

    I love how this is a veiled shot at Tebow, yet we’re still accepting that half the league’s “NFL quarterbacks” are awful, including all 3 Cleveland QBs (anybody who thinks Cleveland is 0-4 with Tebow at QB hasn’t seen one second of his career). Tebow’s second-to-last start was ripping up the best pass defense in a playoff game, and his most recent appearances led to a 60% completion percentage. The thought is he wouldn’t project to long term success (& he’s too popular to be a backup), yet that projection leaves out that he’d personally improve (think Josh, Rex, and Chip wish they gave him a chance? They never did and lost their gigs). Tebow never actually failed on a football field, something 5 years later is punchliningly forgotten.

  23. fatguystrangler says: Oct 6, 2016 10:54 AM

    Pryor’s got athleticism to burn. He was the #1 high school football prospect for a reason. I hope he takes full advantage of this chance, too.
    But to say Pryor is a great WR? Did I miss something? He’s a good WR, possibly on his way to greatness. However, to pronounce him as a great WR already seems A LOT premature.

  24. chinahand11 says: Oct 6, 2016 10:58 AM

    I never liked TP, but I have to say I’ve done an about face in that respect. He got humbled, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, look at him now. Not to mention, he admitted to his humbling. How many do that?

    Go young man go, make your mark.

  25. marmac2768 says: Oct 6, 2016 11:18 AM

    “Tebow never actually failed on a football field, something 5 years later is punchliningly forgotten.”

    Absolutely correct!! The big “knock” on Tebow was how long it took him to get the ball out of his hand! He had too long of a “windup” instead of a “dart throwing” delivery like most NFL’ers. THAT’S IT!! Never mind he won games when he played! No, the REAL knock on Tebow was his Christianity and his willingness to show it. I can guarantee you, if he had said that he would be willing to play TE or FB, someone would have come up with another knock on him. “He’s not fast enough to be a full back” or “He’s not a good enough blocker to be a TE” or some other drivel like that.

    He finally got tired of the “knocks” and decided to try to do something else. I give him kudo’s and no more knocks.

  26. cowboylover says: Oct 6, 2016 11:29 AM

    I think it’s great that Pryor took a new direction in order to stay in the game but that shouldn’t be a knock against Tebow. If he genuinely didn’t want to play football unless he was a QB, then what would have been the reason to switch positions? Both attitudes are correct and honorable.

  27. granadafan says: Oct 6, 2016 11:34 AM

    jssebastian2014 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 9:52 AM
    Tebow potentially could’ve been a game-changing TE
    ===========================================

    Game changing??? Bahahahahahahahahahaha. Come on, man.

  28. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 6, 2016 12:00 PM

    A huge kudos to Pryor for pursuing his new dream, and working as hard at this as he did at learning to be an NFL quarterback.
    But Pryor himself said he realized that playing in the NFL is more important to him.

    Tebow doesn’t feel that way, and instead of pocketing millions knowing his full heart isn’t there, he’s finding something else where it will be.
    When he was in NFL he gave his all, including lining up at several other positions and playing on special teams.

    Everyone rightfully slams the deadbeats, saying, “if you don’t want to be there, fine, nobody will lose respect for you or think you’re less of a man.
    “But don’t take up a roster spot millions of guys would die for a chance at!”

    Yet, every time a QB-WR convert makes a great play everyone starts slamming Tebow’s manhood and character.

    Both men are highly talented, hardworking athletes pursuing their dreams and not disrespecting others.

    Have some respect!

  29. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 6, 2016 12:30 PM

    @chinahand11, Pryor started winning over my previously low opinion of him shortly after the Raiders picked him.

    During training camp some slimy National Enquirer-esque reporter was trying to bait him into a quote they could manipulate into declaring himself the best QB on the team.

    Pryor calmly repeated what he’d already said twice, this time making it even idiot-clear:
    “I want to work my tail off at being known as the hardest working football player in the NFL, the guy who gets here the earliest, leaves the latest and does everything he can to help his team win football games.”

  30. illumination666 says: Oct 6, 2016 12:32 PM

    Raider fans always wanted him to play WR. But he was too damn stubborn. Can’t fault the kid tho. He worked his entire life to play QB, but it just didn’t work out. Would’ve fit nicely with our receiving corps tho😉

  31. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 6, 2016 12:56 PM

    Jason T says:
    Oct 6, 2016 10:01 AM

    Why does everyone keep saying that Terrelle Pryor has become a great receiver?

    He’s really just had one big game. Instead of hyperbole, we can say that Pryor has exceeded expectations. No one would group him with Jones, Brown, etc. at this point.

    ——————————-

    No really, you should watch a full game or two (or three or four)…he’s pretty special.

  32. radrntn says: Oct 6, 2016 1:54 PM

    TP is a great athlete

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