Fans in Columbus might once again get to see Terrelle Pryor play in The Shoe.
Ohio State confirmed to multiple outlets Wednesday that Pryor, the former Buckeyes quarterback, will be allowed to play with his new NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, when it scrimmages at Ohio Stadium in August.
Pryor, of course, will have to still be on the roster in order for that to happen. He recently signed up with the Browns in an attempt to make the team as a wide receiver after failing to stick with an NFL team as a quarterback.
OSU confirms via the NCAA that, if he's still with the team, Terrelle Pryor will be able to participate at the Browns scrimmage at the Shoe.
— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) June 24, 2015
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The reason Pryor needs permission is that the NCAA is still enforcing a five-year ban stemming from Pryor’s involvement — or rather lack of involvement, as he refused to cooperate — in the NCAA investigation into the Ohio State football program that ended with Pryor leaving the school and former head coach Jim Tressel losing his job.
That ban will be lifted for one day, if necessary, for the Browns’ scrimmage.
Pryor starred at Ohio State during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, earning MVP honors in the Buckeyes’ win over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl. But wrongdoing led to his benching for the 2011 Sugar Bowl, and later that offseason he left Columbus amid more investigation into the program. The NCAA’s findings ended in a postseason ban, vacated wins and the end of the Tressel Era.
Pryor, with the NFL Draft already long past, entered the league’s supplemental draft and was selected by the Oakland Raiders. He appeared in just one game during the 2011 season and just three during the 2012 season, starting one of those. In 2013, he appeared in 11 games, making nine starts. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes, throwing seven touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Last season, he played during the preseason with the Seattle Seahawks but did not see any regular-season action.
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Pryor attempted to earn a job with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason but was cut earlier this month — perhaps more so for tweeting videos of practice than for not being what the Bengals were looking for at QB. That’s when he made the move to receiver in hopes of sticking with the Browns.
The move looks like a last-ditch effort to create a lasting NFL career, as Pryor has been adamant about remaining a quarterback in the past. He told reporters last year that he doesn’t “know how to catch,” and he recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer that “if I can't play quarterback, I can't play football, I'm pretty much done.”
So even if Pryor sticks with the Browns, it might not be for very long.
Pryor’s last collegiate action came at Ohio Stadium in a 30-point win over Michigan in November 2010. Could his last act as an NFL player come there, too?