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Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The beginning of the 2011 season looms on the horizon, and for a few as-yet-drafted folks, so does the August 17 NFL supplemental draft. One of those folks is Terrelle Pryor, whose status for said draft is still up in the air.

To clear the air, Pryor is reportedly seeking to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell on either Monday or Tuesday and determine exactly where he stands with the NFL. That's according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who also reports that Pryor has apparently "already shown that it was inevitable he was going to get kicked out of Ohio State."

This is important because the NFL's basis for keeping Pryor out currently revolves around his simply leaving school and hiring an agent. PFT also obtained a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, in which Pryor's representation sounds confident that he'll end up eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

The supplemental draft is this Wednesday, which leaves very little time for Pryor to get approved by the NFL and then hold a pro day. Previously it was believed that at least three teams were interested in checking out what the former Buckeye had to offer, but because of Pryor's status, he had to postpone his earlier scheduled pro day.

Even without a pro day, though, someone will, we'd think, take a flier on Pryor anyway, simply based on his talent alone. Especially if it only cost them a sixth-round pick in 2012.

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Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:57 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

It is very obvious what his status is.  He is a talented athlete running away from a bad situation.  If all he had facing him at Ohio State was the sale of a few articles of memorabilia, the kid would stick to his promise, sit out five games and finish his career at Ohio State.  However, like his coach, he does not keep his word, and is most likely not completely truthful concerning the extent of his errors and now wants life to hand him a bowl of cherrys for his trouble.

The NCAA should have no issue with any student-athlete selling what is rightfully his.  However, as it has been reported in this situation in regard specifically to Pryor, he has sold many more items than should be rightfully his, including items that he had his coach sign.  Any pieice of practice equipment belongs to the university, not to the player.  The on-going investigation is obvioously the reason that Pryor decided not to keep his word and flee for the NFL.

It would only serve him right if the NFL would set a precident in this situation, by stating that any person fleeing a situation in which they have been involved in any illegal activity or accused of any illegal activity is required to clear up those allegations prior to becoming eligible for the NFL draft, supplemental or otherwise.

Thus, if he is telling the truth he will get his payday and if he is not, he will also get his payday! 

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:25 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Kid walks into a pawn shop to sell some pants he owns....  yadda yadda yadda...  he is universally hated.   Can you all be less forgivening? 

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:15 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Didn't Ohio State recently ban Pryor for five years?   While this happened after he said that he would leave, it was as a part of an evolving process & it would seem that those who were close to the process could see that the "sit out five games" was going to be increased to at least the whole year - Ohio State was going to excise the pieces that they thought might save them from the worst NCAA actions - and so Tressel & Pryor were going to have to be out of the picture.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:08 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

GridironRat, I agree with you in principle; however, we the sports fans and media makes the kid or should I sya give them the BIG head than we want to cut off their neck when they don't act like we want them to. Just look at what was done with this kid - he had his own signing day show on ESPN (blame for a lot of this) and all of the all star games on that network for high school kids - let's face it this is no more then getting these kids to show their talent to as many collegse as possible. And we say why do they ask the way they do - you made i'm like thata so all I can say is some of you just need to STFU

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:07 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Not sure what the convincing argument is that would show that Pryor was going to be kicked out rather than have him serve the 5 game suspension. I think that will be the sticking point with Goodell, that and making sure Pryor realizes the severity of screwing up in the NFL as a supplemental draft pick (i.e. they cut you, keep on moving, and never turn around to say goodbye). That being said, to all those who say he deserves to be let in, or that the NFL can't keep him out...yes they can. They are a business. And like any business, they can set the rules for employment and hire whom they choose. If he wants to play football and prove his worth, Pryor can always play in the UFL or CFL for a season and then try again to join the NFL. He has options other than the NFL for football. That or he could always use that college educated brain and find menial work like the rest of us. :)

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:43 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

This guy has been nothing but a "me, me, me" arrogant little punk since he was heavily recruited in High School. I saw him play in High School in a Semi-Final game for the State Title in which they lost to Wilson High School. His play and the way he carried himself was just that...."me, me, me"!! He was a ball-hog on the field who thought he could make every play himself. The way he conducted himself off of it showed he thought his S$%#  didn't stink. Nobody put this kid in check and it carried over into the College level. With no guidance, this kid did what he wanted, when he wanted and in the end, brought down the house of cards. Yes I do believe this crap probably happens EVERYWHERE in the NCAA sports world but in this situation, the spotlight seemed to shine just a little too bright! He didn't care about the rules, just himself. IF the NFL has specific rules on how you can enter the Supplemental Draft, and his circumstances do not fit under those rules, then he should not be eligible to enter the draft. Everyone is feeling sorry for this punk because they've only seen this crap for the last year or so, and it may seem unfair if you don't know the entire story. I've followed him since High School knowing what kind of athlete he is and I thought the college level would turn that immature little boy into a talented, mature athlete who would set the world on fire with his play! This kid could have had the world by the balls if only one person would have knocked him into reality years ago. But now, until he realizes the world doesn't revolve around him, he will have to work 100 times harder just to be given a legitimate shot at making the NFL. Personally I do not see this kid changing but I do know people CAN change and I think that is exactly what this kid needs to do to be a very good athlete in the NFL.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:06 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

your and idiot--

Once again... if you're going to call someone an idiot, check your spelling.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:19 am

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Why do people hate athletes so much? Let the kid play football.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:16 am

Pryor to get justice?

Terrelle Pryor is a poster child for everything that is wrong with college football right now, and many people think he is now reaping what he has sown.  The problem here is that the NFL is not the NCAA.  There is no reason for the NFL to tell a young man that he can't make a living.  Pryor can get all of the cars and tats he wants in the NFL and it isn't against the rules.  If he ends up in Atlanta, he might even get to play free golf at Augusta someday.  

The bottom line: Terrelle Pryor deserves the opportunity to let the free market determine whether or not he will play in the NFL.  He might not even get drafted, but his name should be in the supplemental draft.  Pryor took illegal benefits while playing at Ohio State, but so does everyone at the Dirtiest Program in College Football.  It reflects much more on the system at Ohio State that allows widespread cheating than it does on Pryor.  

C'mon, Roger: do something right for a change.  Let Pryor in.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:24 pm

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

I love the hatred of TP. I don't like Ohio State and everything they get is deserved, but does Terrelle Pryor really deserve to get hammered for the problems of The Ohio State University.

A dumb kid making dumb mistakes is not his fault. Let him play in the NFL, Let Drew represent him.

Don't punish him for being naive and stupid.

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