Terrelle Pryor, the NFL quarterback was a big flop. Terrelle Pryor, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver? Far from a flop.
In fact, most would argue he is about the only redeemable part of an 0-12 season for the Browns, notching 62 receptions for 885 yards and four touchdowns despite five different quarterbacks so far this season.
However, the former Ohio State quarterback has taken to his new position so seriously that he isn’t satisfied with his first full season at wide receiver. Pryor believes there is much work and that he could be far ahead of where his numbers are if he was perfect.
“I could be so much better it’s not even funny,” Pryor said Tuesday, via Ohio.com. “Some plays that I’ve missed or some plays that I could’ve made off of that inexperience, I would say, my numbers, I may be over 1,000 [receiving yards] already, way beyond.”
That’s the attitude of a wide receiver who has played the position for just over a year and is 12th in the league in receptions and eighth in receiving yards. It is a refreshing attitude to see. You know, having the desire to succeed and the burning competitive nature from someone who clearly had designs on the glamour position of the NFL — quarterback.
How often do you see a failed quarterback come back and become arguably the face of a franchise at another position? It simply doesn’t happen.
Pryor isn’t just about improving his numbers to boost his own ego, it’s about making the Browns a much better team going forward. In fact, he’s shouldering some of the blame for the team’s woeful 0-12 start.
“Am I happy about the little success I’m having? Yeah. I mean that’s everybody. You’d be stupid for somebody to sit up here and say they don’t care about them being successful or doing something well. But I feel there’s so much more that I could do well that I feel like I’m part of the reason we’re 0-12. That’s how I think of it. That’s what pushes me every day to try to have a perfect game. … That’s what I’m chasing.”
If this is just the start, Pryor could be a household name and one of the more intriguing on-field stories in recent NFL history. Let’s just see where this all goes in the coming few seasons.
At 27 years old, it certainly seems as if Pryor has matured beyond his years already, and we’re guessing this story has a few more chapters to it.