Not only was Pryor unable to finish his career with Ohio State the way he intended with the NCAA stripping his eligibilty, but the promising young prospect took a severe hit to his draft status. Ultimately, the Oakland Raiders took a chance on Pryor with late owner Al Davis wanting to bring in the quarterback in via the supplemental draft.
Along having his eligibility taken away by the NCAA and having to enter the NFL with an orthodox approach, Pryor says Ohio State haven’t been kind or accepted him. Pryor was asked questions about his time at Ohio State following his first win in the NFL as a starter. The former Buckeye said the following via Todd Jones of The Columbus Dispatch:
“That’s my school, but they don’t really accept me,” Pryor said. “I’ve moved on to what I have now, and that’s just football.”
Obviously, Pryor isn’t all that fond of Ohio State after the way he was treated by the school and continued to vent about his unexpected exit via Jones:
“Those guys kicked me out of school after all those things I did for them,” Pryor said.
Despite all the sore feelings Pryor has toward the Buckeyes, the 24-year-old is moving on and starting to hit his stride in the NFL.
After spending a season and a half as a backup to Carson Palmer, Pryor was able to beat out the recently acquired Matt Flynn for the starting job under center and has played better than expected. Although Pryor didn’t put up monster stats against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, the new starting quarterback for the Raiders has left a lasting impression and is making a case to become the new face of the franchise in Oakland.