Terrelle Pryor Announces He Will Enter NFL Draft After All
A Promise just ain’t what it used to be?
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A promise just isn’t what it used to be, apparently. We all know the story by now; Terrelle Pryor and several of his Ohio State team mates sold a number of trophies and memorabilia items. The NCAA suspended said players for the first 5 games of the 2011 season, leaving their status for this year’s sugar Bowl BCS game up to head coach Jim Tressel. All five players, including Terrelle Pryor, are allowed to play the game (which the Buckeyes won in dramatic fashion over Arkansas)…. because they promised Tressel they would come back and serve their 2011 suspensions.
But weather it was the notion of losing a half season next year, or the draft projections that moved Terrelle Pryor from a projected mid third round pick to a first rounder after his performance in the Sugar Bowl and the announcement that Andrew Luck was staying at Stanford, Pryor has apparently decided that the dollars outweigh the promise.
And who can blame him? Was anyone actually surprised when it was leaked on Monday that he was declaring? In half a season, he isn’t likely to improve his draft status. The only real reason for him to stay in school would be to do so out of dedication to Ohio State, and let’s face it; in college football today the Universities don’t show much commitment to the players…. they simply use them as profit chips. So why would we expect Terrelle Pryor to show such uncommon valor? We shouldn’t have. I probably wouldn’t have. You probably wouldn’t have, either. Such is college football today. Deal with it.