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Terrelle Pryor's rambling responses are sad and embarrassing
November 11, 2010 - Cory Giger
Listening to Terrelle Pryor talk is great proof that, if you can play football, it doesn't matter if you can even speak coherently or in complete sentences because you can still get an education at a big-time university.
I was on a conference call with Pryor on Wednesday, the first time I've ever heard him talk extensively. The interview lasted about 17 minutes, and I will play it Thursday afternoon at 4:05 on my radio show.
You can read the transcript by clicking on the link to the right. Some of his answers are OK, but some are just, well, embarrassing. The transcript actually does him more favors than the audio. You'll have to listen to the audio to see what I mean.
The one quote that is drawing a lot of attention has to do with Pryor saying something about getting money at Ohio State. No reporter on the teleconference followed up and asked him to explain it.
This is what he said when I asked him: Is there no chance you'll leave early for the NFL?
"I don't know. Probably not. I don't think so. I don't think so. I feel like I just want to get my degree and finish off strong and maybe have an even better season next year and maybe have no losses. Right now we're at the end of this season. I love being here. I think I just need to develop more knowledge as a human being and not worry about money and stuff like that. My mom works a little bit and I can just use some of her money and the money that we get here, so I don't really have to worry about money, I guess. I can suffer another year. I just want to gain more knowledge as a human being and grow a little older as a human being so I can know what to do when I get out."
Could he actually have given something away that he has received money at Ohio State? Or was he talking about something innocent like legal stipends and just didn't word it very well? With this kid, you never know. Remember his classic response about Michael Vick a couple of years ago? "Not everybody is a perfect person in the world. Everyone kills people, murder people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever."
Pryor is getting better on the football field -- which Penn State will see Saturday -- and I'm told he's even getting better in interviews. But he has a long, long way to go when it comes to expressing himself and being able to speak like an educated person.