I have been waiting for this day, one that will set the tone for troubled young men that wish to make the jump from the college level to the National Football League. The NFL has put a giant “yield sign” in front of all collegiate football players. Call it “The Terrelle Pryor Rule.” The NFL will be alert to all issues as players apply for the supplemental draft each year. If they try to move forward to the next level of play and have any major issues involving the NCAA and suspensions, it will affect their immediate status in the NFL as they enter the league.
Pryor was drafted in the NFL’s supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders. As you know, he is serving a five-game suspension for the improper goodies he received and the items he sold while he was at Ohio State. His actions landed himself and the university in hot water with the NCAA. The incident opened Pandora’s Box and involved several student athletes and their parents in a car scam and much more.
Pryor made a statement when he was allowed to apply for the NFL’s supplemental draft that he would not appeal any suspension handed to him by commissioner Roger Goodell. Pryor did in fact ask the league to shorten the suspension after three weeks, but it didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to. The NFL announced Friday that they denied Pryor’s appeal. The rookie will be forced to miss the team’s next two games.
“Based on Mr. Pryor’s actions, I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft,” Goodell said while announcing the denial. “Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules.”
While this announcement didn’t come as a surprise, it again sent a message to many young men around the country currently at the college ranks. Pryor will have to wait a few more weeks for his NFL debut, and personally I can’t wait to see how coach Hue Jackson works his magic with this talented and exceptional athlete.