That Rosenhaus has opted to take on Pryor — he announced he would forgo his senior season at Ohio State six days ago in the midst of being investigated again by the NCAA for possibly accepting improper benefits — is no surprise. Rosenhaus has represented some of the most controversial figures in the NFL in recent years, including Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kellen Winslow Jr.
And Rosenhaus was there to greet client Plaxico Burress when he was released last week from his two-year prison stay, the penalty for shooting himself accidentally in a New York restaurant. Rosenhaus intends to help the receiver resurrect his NFL career.
No doubt he intends to draw interest in Pryor, whose intent is to be taken seriously as a quarterback by NFL teams if he is granted entry into a supplemental draft. There has been no draft scheduled, and at the moment Pryor, who was to have served a five-game suspension to start the 2011 season, doesn’t meet the technical requirements, since he wasn’t declared ineligible and wasn’t kicked out of Ohio State.
There are rumors that Pryor hopes to hook up with former Super Bowl-winning coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden to serve as his quarterback tutor in the next few weeks. Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic in late April and met Pryor, whom he considers to be an NFL QB prospect, despite the doubters.
“Yeah, I do. I really do,” Gruden said back then. “Again, I’m accused of liking too many people ‘Gruden likes everybody.’ Well, sorry about that. (But the late Super Bowls-winning coach) Bill Walsh used to say, ‘Don’t tell me what this guy can’t do. Tell me what he can do.’
“And I tell you, Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw. And he’s a helluva competitor. And if I coached him I’d find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent.
“His won-loss record (31-4 as a starter, three Big Ten titles, two BCS game MVP awards) speaks for itself. He’s not playing against choir boys here. This is a guy who has dominated college football.”