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Terrelle Pryor gives ‘special shout-out’ to Jim Tressel amidst apologies

File image of Ohio State head coach Tressel and quarterback Pryor celebrate after beating Oregon in the 96th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena Reuters

For the first time since he abruptly but not unexpectedly announced that he was leaving Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor spoke publicly during a Tuesday circus “press conference” arranged by his new agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Based on the immediate reaction from the vast expanses of Twitter, the ex-Buckeyes quarterback would’ve been better off eschewing the circus presser.

Taking no questions from the assembled media afterwards, Pryor apologized on multiple occasions during his statement to both former OSU head coach Jim Tressel and to Buckeye Nation, although he never specifically stated what exactly he was apologizing for.  It doesn’t exactly take a rocket surgeon to figure it out, though; Pryor had been immersed in a cloud of controversy for the past several months, from receiving impermissible benefits that earned him a five-game suspension to start the 2011 season to more recent allegations of nefarious vehicle purchases as well as receiving upwards of $40,000 for his signature on memorabilia and free golf junkets to a local country club.

Here is Pryor’s statement, in its entirety:

“In terms of Ohio State, I’d like to say sorry to the coaching staff, say sorry to my teammates, say sorry to all Buckeye Nation and all Buckeye fans across the country. I never meant to hurt anybody directly or indirectly with my conduct off the field, and I am truly sorry.

“In terms of coach Jim Tressel, a special shout-out — I’m sorry for what all went down. I apologize with all my heart. I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot, and I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job at a place where you love to be.  I regret the fact you’re not there any more, and I regret the fact I’m not there any more.

“In terms of Ohio State, I have nine more credits left  at The Ohio State University, and I’d like to come back and graduate some time, finish my degree, and graduate as a Buckeye.

“In terms of my future, I am entering the supplemental draft, and I’m working hard every single day on the field and off the field to be a better quarterback. And also one of my goals is to be the best person I can be off the field, to be the best role model I can be off the field.

“Thank you all for coming again, and God bless you.”

Pryor has taken his fair share of beatings in the press — some of it deserved, a lot of it that should’ve been aimed at the coach he lavished praise upon — so it would be easy to pile-on the 21-year-old player for what he’s wrought and what his actions have the potential to do to the OSU football program.  Especially in light of the carnival barker Pryor’s chosen to represent him in the next step of his football career.

Immediately after Pryor’s prepared statement, Rosenhaus took to the microphone and stated that he received a ringing endorsement of Pryor from the deposed Sweatervest.

“I spoke to Jim Tressel,” Rosenhaus said. “I was very moved by Jim Tressel. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a coach talk more fondly about a player than Terrelle. I was very touched by how he described his character, work ethic, his drive and his makeup.”

Akin to what it must have been like to witness, live and in person, a salesman attempting to sell the medicinal value of his snake oil to anyone within range of his voice, Rosenhaus went on to extol the virtues of his new client as a first-round pick in the NFL’s supplemental draft, if there is indeed one this year due to the CBA uncertainty.

“For anyone who questions where he is going to be drafted, I expect him to be a first-round pick in the supplemental draft,” Rosenhaus said. “This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy?”

“You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick of the draft and he deserves it? Let me tell you what, I’ll make all the comparisons all daylong.”

Yeah, about that whole first-round thing?  Sorry, not buying what’s being peddled.  If he’s taken before the fourth round I’d be stunned beyond belief, and it literally has nothing to do with his the off-field allegations or character questions.  Rather, on the field, he’s simply not an NFL quarterback right now, and might never be.

Our guess is that a whole helluva lot of NFL teams will feel the exact same way after plowing through his game films.  Then again, it only takes one team (coughcoughOaklandRaiderscoughcough) to get suckered in, so we shall see…

UPDATED 8:13 p.m. ET: Here’s video of Pryor’s press conference earlier today.

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16 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor gives ‘special shout-out’ to Jim Tressel amidst apologies”
  1. mmbgb says: Jun 14, 2011 4:16 PM

    So – what does that really say about you if you get a ‘ringing endorsement’ from a confirmed liar…?

  2. florida727 says: Jun 14, 2011 4:43 PM

    Rosenhaus said, “I was very moved by Jim Tressel. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a coach talk more fondly about a player than Terrelle. I was very touched by how he described his character, work ethic, his drive and his makeup.”
    His character? Isn’t that what started this mess in the first place, his lack of it off the field?

    BTW, John, just curious… what exactly is a “rocket surgeon”? :)

  3. neyvit says: Jun 14, 2011 5:54 PM

    Small correction John — although I’m sure he rehearsed and was coached on what to say ahead of time, he wasn’t reading from a statement at the press conference. No papers/reading from anything.

    Yea, the whole thing was a charade and Rosenhaus seemed silly, but I at least respect Pryor for apologizing for everything that’s gone on, and not just pretending like it never happened. Maybe he doesn’t take ALL of the advice from Lebron James afterall.

  4. John Taylor says: Jun 14, 2011 5:59 PM

    You are absolutely correct neyvit. Gracias, kind sir.

  5. Slim Charles says: Jun 14, 2011 7:45 PM

    I never understood the Rosenhaus hate. Sure, he’s a tool, but he does what an agent is supposed to do, tries to get a good deal for people he is representing. Agents are like lawyers – fun to rag on, but you’d sure as hell want one in your corner.

  6. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 14, 2011 8:59 PM

    Wow this story has been up for several hours and has an update, yet not too many comments.

    Can you say ‘over-saturated’?

    Maybe you guys (and the NCAA for that matter) can turn your attention to the pacific northwest–you know the land of high-dollar recruiting services and even higher-speed rental cars.

    But, on second thought, why would you do that?
    Who wants to pick on Goliath’s wimpy little cousin when you can bring down the big guy himself?

  7. tdub821 says: Jun 14, 2011 9:09 PM

    OSU…the USC of the Mid-West.

  8. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Jun 14, 2011 9:38 PM


    You have made this same comment on about four other Buckeye stories. It was minimally funny the first time, but not even that much now.

    Do you just not have anything else to say? Go to the ‘wit’ wagon just one too many times and now its dry?

  9. tsimpson50 says: Jun 15, 2011 1:34 AM

    What’s the difference between T. Pryor and a mound of dog crap? One drives a Nissan 350Z and one doesn’t.

  10. Derty Ernie says: Jun 15, 2011 10:43 AM

    Terell accept the fact that you and a few others caused a good man to go down trying to protect you.
    Tressel lost his honor and dignaty over trying save you and all you had to do is say adious OSU, hello NFL, its all about me baby

  11. randysavage4ever says: Jun 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    ev1 is entitled to a 2nd chance…

    if he screws up his chance in the NFL, i’m on board & say F him…

    but to be honest most of us young men out there would do a lot of the things Pryor did, he’s only a kid, immature yes, given the keys to everything yes…

    hey it happens, ppl grow up tho

  12. dkhhuey says: Jun 15, 2011 11:12 AM

    I have to admit I have mixed feelings on this kid! Cocky and arrogant, of course, and I would expect nothing less from a gifted athlete in his position. It is the swagger that makes him a winner! An immature kid that made some really stupid decisions and cost him a bunch!!! In the end and in the big picture view (caveat that the whole $40K turns out to be BS), if all he did was sell his trinkets for tats and some folding money – a minor violation at best. If Tressel would have done the right thing – this would have all ended in a few game suspensions at the beginning of last year instead of the giant sh!t storm that has now enveloped the university. I most certainly cannot blame Terrelle for any of that. That was and still is all on Jimmy T. I will miss Terrelle’s talent and leadership on the field and I wish him all of the luck in the world.

    Having said that, there are times that I just want to punch Pryor straight in the mouth.

  13. edgy says: Jun 15, 2011 12:30 PM

    Dk, You might as well come back as a horse with the blinders that you’ve got on. Keep your head in the sand if you want but just like your accusations before about Yahoo, you’re going to turn out to be completely wrong about this. Think about it: if Pryor was only guilty of the tat affair, he wouldn’t have left a vapor trail out of town. After all, the criticism isn’t any worse now than it has been since he got there and even he has to know that he’s not going to be taken high in the supplemental draft.

  14. 10of14 says: Jun 15, 2011 8:22 PM

    You’re all fools; the only reason Tressel or Pryor apologized was because they got CAUGHT. A true apology comes when someone comes clean after discovering THEMSELVES that they made an error and in this instance a major one. Stop arguing as to the violations or sincerity of those involved. The violations are warranted and the sincerity is a charade to get in line for the next job. I respect Tressel as a coach of football and of course his players will bleed for him; he spoiled them and let them do as they pleased as long as they scored TD’s. As a moral compass, he is pointed directly south and quite honestly, he is headed there soon…Georgia, Tennessee, LSU or another Southern school will take him next. But from a former fan of Tressel (not OSU because their fans are the most disrespectful of all college football fans), you did very wrong my friend…get your act together. Terrelle, you have issues and my opinion is that you will never play it straight…good luck in Edmonton or Mansfield pen pal.

  15. waynefontes says: Jun 21, 2011 10:14 AM

    Ah, Pryor and Rosenhaus – a match made in Heaven.. or somewhere less accomodating.

    “You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick of the draft and he deserves it? Let me tell you what, I’ll make all the comparisons all daylong.”

    Ok, let’s make comparisons…..

    Cam Newton lead his team to an undefeated season in the nation’s toughest conference, rallied his team from 24 points down to beat their arch-nemesis.

    Newton became the first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season

    Newton was the third player in NCAA FBS history to throw and run for 20-plus touchdowns in a single season

    He won the Heisman trophy (in a landslide), and the national championship to cap an undefeated season.

    And Terrelle Pryor…. not so much.

    So, let’s hear those comparisons… Terrelle Pryor couldn’t shine Cam Newton’s shoes.

  16. southernpatriots says: Jun 21, 2011 6:35 PM

    waynefontes: We have never seen a comeback (or complete surrender, depending upon one’s viewpoint) as we saw Cam engineer in the second half v. Alabama last season.

    Until we played Auburn and Cam, we thought the best effort by a quarterback v. us (LSU) was Tim Tebow and Florida a couple of seasons before. Cam was by far the best athlete we have seen at the QB position ever and as LSU fans we are glad he went pro. We would not want to face Cam with the Auburn team again.

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