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Pryor almost wound up with Steelers

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

    I think us older fans saw it in players like Lyle Alzado, John Matuszak, Matt Milen…

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

    I tried

  • SnBG

    TP could use that site. He needs to loosen up a bit.

  • 10centsworth

    Yes, we did, huh. The “trick” these kids don’t understand is the number of castoffs, neer-do-wells, trouble makers that came to the Raiders and found…yep…Raider Attitude. A physical force, acknowledge around the league and which was a major part in the development of the Raider mystique…which you younger folks are still trying to discover. I mean no insult to anyone here. I’m just saying, even in the 2002 SB daze…I did NOT see Raider attitude and frankly, was very ambivalent about that…and the martinet QB we had, who had NO Raider attitude. Sorry, as I see it. BTW. I DO see that potential on our roster now. THAT is why I am optimistic and watch these games.

  • RelentlessIV

    Trevor was never a stud. Hard working though and can be used in situational downs.

  • SnBG

    A little Prozac would help Dr.

  • 10centsworth

    You act like you are believable. Ha, you make me chuckle, yeah, a real chuckle. Why would I want to relieve you of those self imposed chains you carry, so you can be YOU. Huh?

  • SnBG

    I don’t know, says a lot the Bucs dropped him.

  • Papertiger

    Better hose that MRSA off of him first, though!

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

    I was sincere. You can mock me if you want.

  • SnBG

    I lived threw that rivalry. It was awesome and fierce. I still hate the Steelers to this day. Franco was a punk.

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

    I doubt you will ever see that again the way they are pusifying the game today. Those are great memories I will cherish them.

  • RelentlessIV

    I hate the Steelers. I wasn’t alive in the 70′s but my family, friends and their big mouth players and coaches make me hate them. I only care for the Raiders the other 31 can go eff themselves.

  • 10centsworth

    Ok. My apologies. You took such offense of me, over something you probably cannot even recall, that I wonder? WHY are you being so gracious? So YOU know, I may have had a hand in your…displeasure. I obviously read you wrong, here you are, so…contrite.

  • alex7

    yeah, get rid of those other 31 teams! I hope they all suck! Then every week the Raiders would play some boring non-passionate game…

    I’m glad for the Patriots, and Belicheat, and Tebow, and Egghead, and River’s “surly” attitude (thank you Dr.), and Seattle trash-talkers…

    makes it worth watching.

  • alex7

    to be fair, a guy that’s not better than most of his peers on one team (thus getting released) can certainly be better than some of his peers on a better team.

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

    You seem like a cool person with a deep love for the Raiders, an old timer like me…I thought it would be better to have positive interactions with you here moving forward.

  • SnBG

    Totally agree. We need a natural pass rush. Not one always coming from Hybrid schemes

  • 10centsworth

    Since we are pals now, I’m glad the princess Trash is gone. Miss PC personified. What…I ask again…WHAT is more the antithesis of being a Raider than being PC? And yes…as I stated the other day, players today worry about their “careers”, hence the ever expanding injury lists across the NFL. Back in the DAZE, players thought about one thing. Being on that field next Sunday. Hey, listen to the BS all you want, but THEY knew the average career was in the 3/4 year range. They knew the risks. And they did it for a hell of a lot less (even relatively) than #20 makes.

  • RelentlessIV

    Love the rivalries. Hate their fans and teams.

  • alex7

    I hear Corkran omitted the words “at tight end” to Tomlin’s “Hey, I’ll draft you” quote. =) Oh come on, lighten up!

  • alex7

    a funny oxymoron for sure.

    “Can’t stand them, wish they’d all die!”
    “I’d miss them if they’re gone!”

  • 10centsworth

    Agree. Even in the “heat”, I called you Raider.

  • SnBG

    Don’t sweat it.I ‘m not real popular here. I’m to positive for most but so what. Where here to share an opinion. Someone doesn’t like it. Oh well.

  • RelentlessIV

    How funny but also true. Lol.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    The Steelers Oline and DBs get away with murder, they hold on every friggin play. That’s why I cant stand them. Troy Polamalu is a friggin beast, though.

  • Papertiger

    Hunter S. Thompson:

    “I have many fond memories of hanging out in North Beach at elegant Italian restaurants with Raiders players in the good old days of yesteryear, when the silver-and-black dynasty was just getting started, long before they turned into the gigantic, high-powered winning machine that they are today.

    “Things were different in those years, but they were never dull. Every game was a terrifying adventure, win or lose, and the Raiders of the ’70s usually won — except in Pittsburgh, where cruel things happened and many dreams died horribly. You could see the early beginnings of what would evolve into the massive Raider Nation, which is beyond doubt the sleaziest and rudest and most sinister mob of thugs and whackos ever assembled in such numbers under a single ‘roof,’ so to speak, anywhere in the English-speaking world.”

    –From ESPN, Page 2

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

    Guys like Jack Youngblood taping 2 aspirin to his broken leg so he can go back in and play….You couldn’t get one of those old timers off the field now you have guys taking themselves out of games.

  • 10centsworth

    hmmm, he talking to you? When did this turn into “Ann Landers”?

  • seymour bush

    The fact that they let Bilukidi go means they are somewhat happy with the front line. Gotta give it up to Allen and Tarver. Without true rushers, they have had to scheme pass rush. And they have.

  • RelentlessIV

    Once Troy became the spokesman for hair and shoulders I stopped using it and started buying selson blue. I also won’t eat papa johns it drive a Buick.

  • 10centsworth

    You ever go to an appearance of that era players, ANY team, ask what happened after a play was run in Jim Otto’s last years. Will make you weep, but THAT is why he is in the Hall of Fame. He has told me he wouldn’t change any of it, BUT…did not want his children to have that attitude or go thru what he has gone thru. He knew then he was paying a high price…but was willing to do it and has no regrets.

  • 10centsworth

    Dr who? I have noticed a tsetse fly buzzing around. That’s the doc?

  • KoolKell

    Pat Simms, Vance Walker
    Bilukidi gone, Stacey McGee injured
    Who else?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    just like you thought bilukudi was a future all pro….

  • the electrifying dr robert

    It also means they may try to bring sims and walker back. Plus they like McGee and muir.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    practice aquad all pros out there….

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Daniel Muir.

  • The_Judge37

    Kalif Barnes

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

    Those guys would have played for free they truly loved the game. Sure the athletes are bigger, stronger and faster today but players don’t leave it all out there on the field like they used to.

  • 10centsworth

    Great post. So you know, PT, I worked in and managed restaurants in the Oakland/Bay area from 1969 on. Part of the privilege of those daze were the pro athletes were EVERYWHERE, on the bricks, having a good time. As, Raiders, Warriors…and bringing championships home. All available to US, the fans. Especially if you worked in “happenin’” bars/restaurants. Yeah, a special time.

  • 10centsworth

    Did you know that Lester Hayes played at around the same weight as…Jim Otto?

  • RelentlessIV

    Does anyone think the Raiders called asking Farve’s agent if he’ll come play for them?

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

    No I did not.

  • SnBG

    Here comes Ms Priscilla Negativity. Watch out

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Sanford and Crawford can play inside too.

  • Raider Rick

    Bring Back Stuart Schweigert!!!

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Lou Holtz played G in college.

  • The_Judge37

    ROYMLMAO

  • SnBG

    McGee is a sleeper IMO.