By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 4:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA – Terrelle Pryor rallied to the defense of bullied Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Wednesday and said that a big part of his job as the starting quarterback of the Raiders is to make sure that players comport themselves in an acceptable manner.
Martin, according to numerous reports, was bullied by Dolphins guard Richie Incognito the past 1 1/2 seasons, to the point where Martin had enough and left the team last week.
“As you get to be a professional, a lot of your job becomes more than just going out on the field and playing,” Pryor said.
The job description of a quarterback, he added, entails keeping tabs on the way players behave and taking action before a situation like the one that unfolded in Miami has a chance to occur.
“The quarterback is very responsible for in-house, locker room things, deals, and quieting situations down,” Pryor said. “He’s the one that people are going to listen to if they respect you enough.”
On Monday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he is responsible for the actions of his players, be it on the field, in the locker room, in the community, wherever.
Pryor feels the same way, and he isn’t afraid to take action. For example, he said, there are times when he might offer to share a taxicab ride with a teammate after that player has had a drink.
Such gestures show that Pryor cares, that he is a leader on and off the field and that he is watching over his teammates.
“Something small like that, you just get so much respect from your teammates that you stopped and helped him,” Pryor said. “So, it’s just little things like that matters and that definitely comes (with) a leadership role.”
As for Martin, Pryor said he has watched video of Martin since he joined the NFL. He also got to see Martin play against the Raiders last season.
Pryor is pulling for Martin to overcome the issues he is dealing with right now.
“I definitely hope we see Martin playing again soon,” Pryor said. “He’s a good player and my hat’s off to him for standing up and being a man.”