PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Terrelle Pryor celebrated the first birthday of his son Terrelle, II this week.
But fatherhood isn’t the only change in his life.
He’s also no longer a quarterback, even though he still has an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback. It came against his hometown Steelers, 93 yards for a touchdown in a Raider win over the team several years ago.
But as a passer, Pryor couldn’t stay on the field consistently. So now, in an effort to keep his NFL career alive, he was signed by Cleveland to play wide receiver.
“I’m six-five, run fairly fast, jump fairly high,” said Pryor. “It’s gonna be a challenge, an opportunity to take on, rise against a challenge. I’ve been challenged my whole life, haven’t had the opportunities. I’m looking forward to this opportunity and hopefully I get one, see where it goes.”
If it goes well, Pryor, who’s been working out night and day, might turn into one of the biggest matchup nightmares in the league, a la Calvin Johnson. It’s hard to cover a 6-foot 5-inch receiver.
But he knows he’s got a lot to learn so, Pryor has reached out to Steeler receiver Antonio Brown and others for help.
“There’s not a lot of guys who work like I work,” says Pryor. “I truly believe that. I believe somebody who works extremely hard is Antonio Brown. Definitely I’ve worked with him, I have had to opportunity to work out with him an awful lot. We spent a lot of time together in 2011 down in Florida, so I saw his work ethic. The drive, the nights we would run in the sand along the ocean, run 6 miles every night.”
He will also be working out soon with both Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress. Both of whom are 6-foot-5 like Pryor.
“Just athletic cuts, moves, catching the ball with people on me, practicing that big time,” said Pryor. “Working on cuts, getting out of breaks. Really getting defenders on you and then losing them, the footwork and the timing of a route. So there’s a lot of stuff.”
But more than anything else, there’s motivation. Pryor wants to prove people wrong. He wants to show he belongs, even if he’ll be catching and not throwing the football.
“I believe I can get great at anything,” he said. “Just need the reps and just got to prove it.”