Terrelle Pryor talks about why he sold his Gold Pants and what he learned from it

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter wrote a story about former Ohio State quarterback and current Oakland Raider Terrelle Pryor as he looks to get a fresh start on his life in the NFL. Obviously the subject of Pryor's final year at Ohio State was a topic, and Pryor talked about why he did what he did and what he learned from the whole thing.

Pryor told Trotter that he sold his Gold Pants -- the medal Ohio State players get for beating Michigan -- for $3,000 to help his mom.

"I did it to pay my mother's gas bill and some of her rent," Pryor told Sports Illustrated. "She was four months behind in rent, and the [landlord] was so nice because he was an Ohio State fan. He gave her the benefit of the doubt and she said, 'My son will pay you back sometime if you just let me pay you back during my work sessions.' She ended up losing her job, and she and my sister lived there. Let me remind you it was freezing cold in November, December, and she's using the oven as heat. That's what I did as a kid. I was telling the NCAA, 'Please, anything that you can do. I gave my mother this so my sister wouldn't be cold, so my mother wouldn't be cold.' They didn't have any sympathy for me. It's not like I went there and bought new Jordans. It's documented. Whenever I write my book the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill. The truth is going to come out one day when the time is right. I don't think I deserved [being punished] in that way, because of the reason I was doing it. I felt like I was doing God's work in a way, and I was getting driven into the ground."

Pryor went on to say that the entire episode was a humbling experience as he came to Ohio State carrying "some type of ego with me," and it all taught him that his "stuff stinks too."

Now, Pryor wasn't the only member of the Buckeyes to get in trouble for selling memorabilia, but he was the public face of the story along with Jim Tressel. Ohio State received a number of penalties from the NCAA for it, including a bowl ban in 2012, and Tressel lost his job because he did not report any of it to the NCAA.

And to think it all started just because a kid wanted to help his mother pay the bills is, well, it's just sad.
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