A WPIAL legend is eyeing a potential career renaissance in his hometown.
Free agent wide receiver and former Jeannette standout Terrelle Pryor is looking to make an NFL comeback, and is apparently considering doing so in Pittsburgh.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Pryor said that he has spoken with five teams regarding a return to the game, including the Steelers and New England Patriots.
“Those two are very intriguing,” he said. “Especially Cam. I’ve been a big fan of him throughout the years … And, obviously, Big Ben, that’s my hometown of Pittsburgh, so that’s just two teams that I really want to play for.”
Pryor, 31, has played for five different teams over his seven year NFL career, but has struggled to find a consistent home after his stellar 2016 season with the Cleveland Browns, when he was a 1,000-yard receiver in his first full campaign switching positions from quarterback. Over the following two seasons with Washington, Buffalo and the New York Jets, Pryor caught just 36 passes for 492 yards while hampered by injuries.
He has not played since 2018, but spent time with the Jaguars in training camp last season before suffering another injury and ultimately being released.
An All-American in football and basketball at Jeannette High School, Pryor was the first player in Pennsylvania history to rush for 4,000 yards and throw for 4,000 yards.
Pryor was one of the most coveted players in the country on the gridiron and hardwood coming out of high school, ultimately choosing to play football at Ohio State. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Buckeyes, throwing for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns, while rushing for 2,164 yards and 17 scores on the ground.
Pryor believes he still has some left in the tank, but he knows that the key to make his next shot count is staying healthy.
“Every day I’m working on certain things with my hips because I know I had problems with my hips and a lingering hamstring injury,” he said. “I can still play and I can still make plays and dominate, I know that. They have got to see me stay healthy.”
While a revival in his hometown sounds like a great story, it might be to good to be true for Pryor. With the additions tight end Eric Ebron and wide receiver Chase Claypool this offseason, bringing in another target with Pryor’s skill set seems redundant.
Still, Pryor could prove to be a cheap option for team’s in need of a big target at wideout, as long as he can stay healthy.