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Pryor almost wound up with Steelers

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 12:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor grew up in Pennsylvania and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he wanted nothing to do with the Steelers once he reached the NFL.
Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who first met Pryor when Pryor was a teen-ager, offered to select Pryor in the NFL’s supplemental draft in 2011.
Ultimately, the Raiders used a third-round pick on Pryor in that draft. That means the Steelers had two shots at taking Pryor before he went to the Raiders.
“(Tomlin) said, ‘Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’ ” Pryor said. “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.”
Pryor grew up in Jeanette, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He also bolted town after a stellar high school career, accepting a scholarship to attend Ohio State, when he had his pick of colleges, including home-state hotbeds such as Penn State and Pitt.

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  • Raider Al from Atlanta, Ga

    Terrelle Pryor is wise beyond his years. He is the future of the Oakland Raiders.

  • Papertiger

    BLURST!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    FOUR!!!!!!

  • Nosferatu Man

    Pretty cool of Tomlin to give Pryor that story, give him the opportunity to think about it, and not impede his going to a better situation for him.

  • RelentlessIV

    Pryor is thugged out. Lets eat the Squealers alive!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Cork reached his quota for the week

  • RelentlessIV

    Tomlin is a crackhead with his eyes poppin outta his head that’s imploding his own team with help from Todd Haley.

  • HGDaddy

    How Lamarr Houston has become an overpowering pass rusher

    http://blogs.thescore.com/nfl/category/the-tape-never-lies/

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would like to hear Tomlin’s version of the story, because that sounds a little far-fetched to me.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Yeah. I’m pretty sure tomlin didn’t “offer” and have it be pryors choice.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Martez Wilson was the 8th pick of the 3rd round in 2011.

    He runs a 4.49 forty and was a top LB coming out after his junior year.

    He does have 5 sacks in his brief nfl career.

    Might be a keeper.

  • Papertiger

    Looks like NBC is rebooting Murder, She Wrote.

    That should make the old pootbutt happy!

  • 8raiderreign8

    Coaches say a lot of things that never happen, ie Reece

  • Nosferatu Man

    I agree with the fact that he hasn’t done a great coaching job this season, and that there is no reason hayley should not be on that staff. But I think he has his team playing better, and seems to be a guy that treats players well, even opponents and prospects.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Post draft regarding Sam Montgomery:

    “Now that’s really interesting pick. He’s a guy who on tape is a solid, solid second-round pick. But a lot of teams didn’t like his interview process. Teams didn’t like his profile as far as who the kid was and what he was all about. They weren’t sure he was focused on football, and a lot of teams quite frankly took him off the board. From a football perspective, the Texans just got a steal.” — Mike Mayock

  • RelentlessIV

    Obviously he was never good enough to be a starter. Under 2 different DC he never separated himself from the pack. Hopefully it works out here but chances are slim.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Dude is done with pro football, IMO. Now that he isn’t a draft pick, golden-boy for an organization, he won’t have the motivation to grind it out from this place he is now in, the waiver-wire.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    It’s a red flag that he was waived, but succeeding after being cut and getting picked up by another team does happen.

    I’m sure Reggie liked him when he was coming out and wants to see him up close.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Houston doesn’t always get enough credit for how good he is. That’s understandable, because he is, after all, playing in Oakland, a perennially bad team. Bad teams typically have a stigma attached, one that says they have no quality players of note, thus why they are bad.

    =============

    Very true. Could Houston quite possibly be better than we give him credit for? Would he be a bigger household name on a winning team? Could he be worth top 5 DE money? Stop and imagine Houston on the NY Jets defensive line…I think he would be a terror.

  • RelentlessIV

    He won with Bill Cowher’s team. Since it has steadily declined to what they ate today.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not a Tomlin fan or hater or anything, but his first SB win was 3 years after Cower left, then went to the SB again, in what would be 5 years after Cowher left.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    But does he get the ElderChannel?

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Looks like he fulfilled the expectations of the teams that took him off the board.

    Interesting that no one grabbed him right away.

    He may have to “interview” with teams.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    FORE!

  • Just Fire Baby

    How many 3rd round picks are inactive for 6 games then get cut in-season?
    Dude has to be a serious tool.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Seems like it.

  • Try Some Reality

    Houdini is the anti-Russell.

    Wise dude.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Steve Corkran
    ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    #Raiders and #49ers tied for 31st (last) in the league in average passing yards per game at 191.7.

    Actually we’re last:

    49ers 191.714 (31st)
    Raiders 191.667 (32nd)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Steve Corkran
    ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Coach Dennis Allen said Martez
    Wilson will play strong-side linebacker in base defense, with his hand
    down as rusher in nickel package.

  • Theghostronin79

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 55s

    Coach Dennis Allen said Martez Wilson will play strong-side linebacker in base defense, with his hand down as rusher in nickel package.

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  • Papertiger

    PBS? Definitely. Downton Abbey is his favorite show. He thinks it’s elegant.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Way old news.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I heard he was a huge Matlock fan…

  • Theghostronin79

    I think yours is older

  • Papertiger

    TOO LATE!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    YPG is not entirely meaningless, but can be pretty meaningless at times.

  • Just Fire Baby

    But the fact does remain, without making opposing defenses pay with crowding the LOS with big passing plays, we will be relying on TE’s and RB’s to pass-protect because teams will be sending 6 and 7 on all passing downs.

  • The_Judge37

    Come on Corky, why all these stories about guys who grew up Stoolers fans? Lets here from some Players who grew up hating them

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Playing Sio/kaelin’s position.

    Burris back soon too.

  • RelentlessIV

    For real. This is a rivalry, not a care bear episode.

  • RelentlessIV

    Prediction for Raiders-Steelers game anyone?

  • Ron Mexico

    Just win, maybe.

  • seymour bush

    ShI**sburgh was going to draft Pryor as a WR. But he nixed that idea. Should have taken them up on it…..

  • The_Judge37

    Raiders 20-17

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    BlackPeopleMeet.com?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sunday, 1:00 PM.

  • R8erEduc8er

    4:00 pm

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Go West, young man.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Lol