Terrelle Pryor’s success with the Cleveland Browns this season has come with plenty of detractors, including many NFL players. Add former Browns teammate Brian Hartline to the list.
To recap, Pryor has created a ton of enemies: San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone called Pryor “arrogant” and stated he “hated everything about him,” back in August. New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins tweeted in November that Pryor was a “shit eater,” who “really sucks.” Adam Jones called the wide receiver ‘garbage’ earlier this month, an assessment Pryor agreed with.
Pryor has been called out once again, this time by his former Cleveland comrade.
Hartline spoke to 105.7 the Zone Columbus, admitting he would be apprehensive about giving Pryor a big contract and that he has “suspect personality characteristics.”
“If I’m building a team, what is [Pryor]?” Hartline said, via Ohio.com. “Is he my No. 1? God, I hope not because let’s put it this way: For me, I want a guy day in and day out I know what I’m getting. You don’t know what you’re going to get. You don’t know who’s going to show up. You don’t know if he’s going to get in trouble. You don’t know if he’s going to smart off. I need stability. That’s so more important to me. I need a guy that runs routes. I need stability. I need constant production. Is he a No. 2? OK, yeah. I mean maybe. He kind of disappeared the last couple weeks. So I’m very apprehensive as a Cleveland Browns guy to give out a contract. Listen, you had one year. You’re a flash in the pan. You’re trying to tell me with a guy that had suspect personality characteristics, I’m going to go ahead and hand you a bunch of money but you’re going to work harder? Uh, I think I’m going to bet against that if I’m a betting man.”
Hartline then went out of his way to criticize Pryor on Twitter.
Pryor has indeed cooled down in recent weeks, but he’s still on pace for a 1,000-yard receiving season. The 27-year-old has been one of the few bright spots for the Browns. Yet, his success has been mocked league-wide. Multiple players have come out publicly and expressed resentment towards him. Either Pryor’s a jackass like everyone suggests, or he’s just the NFL’s punching bag.
Regardless, Pryor’s accepting responses add sympathy to the situation. He’s taken the high-road every single time. Good for him. But, all these negative comments have to mean something, right?