The Terrelle Pryor saga took a huge turn yesterday when the NFL declared him eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft that will now occur on Monday. However, the commissioner Roger Goodell gave the declaration a little catch. Once Pryor is signed, he will be suspended the first five games of the 2011 season. He will not be allowed to practice with the team during that stretch, but, he is allowed to practice with them during the remainder of the preseason. Today, his attorney, David Cornwell, has said his client will appeal the suspension as soon as he is signed and hope the NFLPA can get it reduced.
Ironically, this is the same five game suspension that Pryor would have served had he just stayed at Ohio State for his senior year. I completely agree with the NFL on this decision. Clearly, Pryor tried to escape the suspension after agreeing to serve it after the Sugar Bowl. He used the NFL Supplemental Draft to try to avoid the punishment and he is paying for that now.
Whether you agree that these athletes should be paid or not, it is Pryor’s fault that he sold his memorabilia which he knew was against the rules in order to get a bunch of tattoos. Jim Tressel is to blame as we talked about a few weeks ago, but it is also on the players to know what they are doing is wrong even if they are 18 or 19 years old.
Without the Lord, we would carry our punishment with us wherever we go on only the first time that we break one of His commandments. Jesus tells us in the book of Matthew to come to Him with our burdens “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Today, I exhort you to look to the Lord when you feel times of stress or feel guilty of a past transgression. He is our “advocate with the Father” (1 John 2:2), which means we can go to him with any of our problems. He carried the yoke for us when He died on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven! We should forgive others just as Christ forgave us in the case of Pryor. We hope he learned his lesson and wish him nothing but the best in his NFL career.