Why We Were All Wrong About Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor

Maybe fans of The Ohio State University will never forgive Terrelle Pryor. Maybe his name will never be cleared for a scandal that rocked one of the very best football programs in college football to its very core. 

Or maybe we were all wrong about former Buckeyes and current Oakland Raiders quarterback. Maybe, just maybe, the canvas that painted Pryor as the main villain in this entire process needs to be scrapped and redone. 

At the very least, Pryor is attempting to clean his image just a year removed from leaving the Buckeyes' football program for a spot in the NFL supplemental draft, where the late Al Davis made him his last ever draft pick. 

Talking with Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, Pryor explained some of the transgressions at Ohio State, including the sale of memorabilia that netted the quarterback at least $3,000.

"The reason why I did it was to pay my mother's gas bill and some of her rent. She was four months behind in rent, and the [landlord] was so nice because he was an Ohio State fan. He gave her the benefit of the doubt and she said, 'My son will pay you back sometime if you just let me pay you back during my work sessions.' She ended up losing her job, and she and my sister lived there. Let me remind you it was freezing cold in November, December, and she's using the oven as heat. That's what I did as a kid. I was telling the NCAA, 'Please, anything that you can do. I gave my mother this so my sister wouldn't be cold, so my mother wouldn't be cold.' They didn't have any sympathy for me. It's not like I went there and bought new Jordans. It's documented."

Of course, paying his mother's bills doesn't account for the tattoos Pryor received as part of his compensation. It also doesn't explain where the $40,000 Pryor made signing autographs during his time at Ohio State. 

But his admission does give us a window into why Pryor knowingl...

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