MIAMI - Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor addressed the media for the first time since leaving school in the wake of Jim Tressel’s resignation and growing concerns of NCAA violations.
Flanked by new agent Drew Rosenhaus at a Miami hotel, Pryor announced his plans to enter the NFL's supplemental draft and apologized to Ohio State fans, teammates and coaches--specifically Tressel.
“I love you just like a father and you taught me a lot," Pryor said about his former coach. "I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job at a place where you love to be. I regret the fact you're not there any more, and I regret the fact I'm not there any more."
Tressel appears to have continued his relationship with Pryor, as Rosenhaus said that Pryor and Tressel speak several times a day. Rosenhaus said that Tressel will continue to be part of Pryor’s development, and that Tressel’s support was a key factor in signing the former Buckeye.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a coach speak more fondly of a player than Jim Tressel spoke about Terrelle,” Rosenhaus said. “He talked about him in the same way you would talk about a son.”
While Pryor started with an apology, Rosenhaus spent his time making a sales pitch, emphasizing the unique talents of the Buckeyes former star and criticizing those who question Pryor’s future as an NFL quarterback.
“Are you kidding me, a middle round pick for this guy?” Rosenhaus said. “I’m not sure the NFL has ever had an athlete like this at the quarterback position.”
Rosenhaus insisted that Pryor will be a first round pick in the supplemental draft. A date has yet to be announced for the draft, given the league’s lockout.
After making his pitch for Pryor, Rosenhaus finished the press conference without taking any questions.
“I think I’ve said it all,” he concluded.
Pryor also said he hopes to earn his degree from Ohio State, and is only nine credits away from graduating.
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