Pryor apologizes, looks toward the future

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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. - Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor made a brief apology during his first public appearance since deciding to leave school last week.

Pryor was joined by high-powered agent Drew Rosenhaus during a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

Last week, Pryor announced that he would not return to Ohio State in the wake of head coach Jim Tressel's resignation.

The quarterback was at the center of the scandal that forced Tressel's ouster, having received improper benefits for selling awards and other memorabilia in 2009. He would have been forced to sit out the first five games of the 2011 season as punishment from the NCAA.

"I am working hard every single day on and off the field," Pryor said. "One of my goals is to be one of the best role models off the field."

Pryor did not take any questions during Tuesday's press conference, but did show remorse, especially toward Tressel.

"To Coach Tressel, I regret the fact that you're not there anymore and I'm not there anymore. I'd like to come back and graduate and finish my degree as a Buckeye," Pryor stated.

Pryor's lawyer, Larry James, confirmed Monday that Pryor hired Rosenhaus to be his agent. Rosenhaus has negotiated billions of dollars worth of contracts for NFL players.

The first order of business for Rosenhaus and Pryor could be trying to persuade the NFL to schedule a supplemental draft, which is usually held in the late spring or summer for potential prospects that have either lost their NCAA eligibility or have been kicked out of school. Pryor, despite the suspension, does not meet either requirement.

After making his decision to leave school, Pryor spurned an offer from the Canadian Football League.

Rosenhaus believes that Pryor has what it takes to be a quarterback in the NFL.

"I am a firm believer that he is going to be a great player. He has incredible talent," Rosenhaus said. "He is going to be a great NFL quarterback."

Pryor was a dynamic player at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to a 31-4 record overall as the starter in three years. He posted 6,177 passing yards with 57 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, adding 2,164 rushing yards with 17 more scores.


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