Former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor finally returned to Ohio Stadium today, over four years after he opted to enter the NFL supplemental draft rather than accept a suspension for his refusal to cooperate in an NCAA investigation into how he and teammates exchanged memorabilia for free tattoos.
NFL.com’s Albert Breer posted Pryor’s return to the iconic stadium on Instagram.
It should also be noted that because of his refusal to cooperate, Pryor was banned from the stadium and all contact with the university for five years. Since he is now looking to make the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver, the ban was lifted.
Some closure can finally be had between the two parties, as Pryor was an excellent dual-threat quarterback for Ohio State for three years. Over that stretch, Pryor threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 scores. The Oakland Raiders selected him in the supplemental draft and he spent three seasons there as a quarterback before being released in 2013 and bouncing around other teams before ending up with the Browns as a receiver. Early reports suggest that he is doing quite well with the transition and could make the team.
Just the same, it’s nice to see that Pryor and Ohio State were able to put any bad blood aside and have him return to the stadium and school that made him a household name.
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