Being exceptionally good in a sport takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a natural inclination to push beyond the limits of what the human body is ordinarily capable of. But when another individual takes to two very physical sports (football and basketball), gets recognized in both sports and emerge a top target for big football and basketball teams, then there is no argument on whom honor should be given between the two athletes as a sportsman with exceptional qualities. It is in this regard that we bring you the Terrelle Pryor story.
He was a footballer and basketballer during his high school days, was considered the most recruitable high school football-basketball athlete in southwestern Pennsylvania in his time, regarded as the nation’s top football prospect of 2008, and one of the nation’s most heralded high school basketball players. Well, Terrelle Pryor later ditched B-ball to start a professional sporting romance with the pigskin sport. It can only be more rewarding to learn other things about this bloke, the paragraphs below serves just this purpose.
Terrelle Pryor Biography
As the 20th of June 1989 dawned into a lovely Tuesday in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA, Terrelle Pryor Sr. was born in the “State of Independence” into a Black American family making him of Black American ethnicity and of American nationality.
He began school like every other kid did and as the time for high school approached, the lad was enrolled at Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania. Here, he played football and basketball actively as he led his team in the later to win their first WPIAL Championship after a 20-year drought of the trophy.
In addition to winning the Pennsylvania PIAA state basketball championship game as a senior, Terrelle led the school’s football team to win their first-ever Pennsylvania state championship in a decent 49-1 trumping of the Dunmore Bucks. For his remarkable talent and high school sporting accomplishments, Terrelle Pryor was named the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, two-time Pennsylvania Player of the Year, the Offensive Player of the Year, Parade All-America football and Parade National Player of the Year all in 2007. In 2008, he was named a fourth-team Parade All-American in the brown ball.
During his high school days and straight out of it, Terrelle had lots of sporting scholarships winking at him, he eventually committed himself to the University of Pittsburgh to play basketball. By his senior year, he made the “most anticipated” announcement on March 19, 2008, to attend Ohio State University where he would play football with the Buckeyes.
Terrelle began playing for his varsity in September 2008 through to 2011; precisely on June 7, 2011, when he withdrew from the college following reports by ESPN that he drove a Nissan 350Z on a license suspended by the State of Ohio. A later report alleged that the wide receiver made thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia for a local booster. His attorney, however, denied these charges.
Following his withdrawal from college which was in tandem with the Buckeyes suspending him in all of the university’s athletic program, he became eligible for the NFL’s Supplemental Draft which saw him being drafted to the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the Supplemental Draft of 2011. He played for the Raiders from the 2011 American football season till the 2013 season when he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Terrelle Pryor played in the preseason games and was released on August 29 in the final roster cut. The former priceless two-sport athlete joined the Kansas City Chiefs signing a one year contract on January 7, 2015. By May 5, 2015, Terrelle was offloaded from the team. The Cincinnati Bengals brought him in on May 10, 2015, only to let him off 5 weeks later.
The Cleveland Browns became his next team where he played well from 2015 till 2017 after which he left for the Washington Redskins on a one-year contract. On March 25, 2018, he joined the New York Jets and still plays there currently.
For a wide receiver of Terrelle Pryor’s standing, a $4.5 million annual salary might not be too lucrative going by the average salary of wide receivers in NFL, but should he regain his impressive form as a productive deep threat, Terrelle can negotiate a better deal.
His contract with the Jets includes a $1M signing bonus, base salary of $3 million with $1 million fully guaranteed. This also includes a Roster bonus of $31,250 for each game.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Terrelle Pryor stands at a height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) weighing 228 lb (103 kg). His other body statistics like his chest, biceps, and waist measurement have not been obtained but we all know that the footballer has an athletic body build.