Say what you will about Terrelle Pryor (and I have), but he has the athletic prowess to play in the National Football League. Whether or not Pryor does progress as a quarterback, or switches to a different position altogether, Pryor's size, strength and speed are unmatched by many athletes in the world, let alone the NFL.
Say what you will about Drew Rosenhaus (most people have), call him a snake, or a rat, or some other kind of lawyer-istic insult, but the guy knows how to make money. As our friends over at FloppingOut put it, Drew Rosenhaus could sell a blind kid sunglasses. You don't become worth over $65 Million by being poor with numbers, money, or most certainly, people.
I never said you had to be NICE to people or for people to LIKE you, but you have to be good with them. Or maybe you could say good at people.
The leash was on Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday. So was the media.
During Pryor's first press conference since leaving Ohio State, if you want to call it "his" press conference, the embattled star QB unleashed a heartfelt, albeit scripted, 97 second speech that apologized for unspecific actions and singled out former OSU head coach Jim Tressel. Then like that, it was the Drew Rosenhaus show.
For about seven minutes, Rosenhaus sold his new client, like a pimp, or more ironically, a car dealer; to the media as a future "great, not good" NFL quarterback, and that he was sure Terrelle would be a 1st round selection. Being selected with a first round bid in the supplemental draft would put Pryor with the likes of Bernie Kosar, as well as Bryan Bosworth, Timm Rosenbach, Steve Walsh, Dave Wilson, Dave Brown, Rob Moore (yes, the actor from Disney's "The Jersey") and Bobby Humphrey; the only batch of players ever given a first round bid.
Does Drew Rosenhaus truly believe that Pryor deserves a first round bid? I'd say probably not, but there is a good chance that Rosey actually does believe the seemingly exaggerated sense of confidence he manifests in all of his clients. The fact of the matter is that it does not matter at all. Why would Rosenhaus represent clients that he did not believe would make he and everyone around him even more wealthy? Because Drew Rosenhaus does not allow himself to let his clients not make money.
"Just like we practiced it, Terrelle."
If anything, everyone remembers Drew Rosenhaus by the famous Terrell Owens "next question" press conference. AKA the sit ups press conference with a shirtless Owens on his lawn.
It was this very press conference that has garnered the "rat", "snake" and "Scott Boras" comparisons, when in fact, Rosenhaus is unlike the other three, entirely. What Drew Rosenhaus does in press conferences and negotiations may not help his players make money, but he prevents them from losing it, whether it be through their next contract or a league-sanctioned fine.
When managing personalities like Pryor, Owens and Chad Ochocinco-Johnson, another Rosenhaus client, the best thing for Rosenhaus to do is keep them from talking more than they already do. This is the reason you only see Rosenhaus in times where things have gotten extremely bad. He is exactly what these players need. A great negotiator to sell their brand, a great manager to keep them saying the right things.
Rosenhaus is the same man who continually gets Terrell Owens absurdly player-friendly contracts after all of the headaches in Philly and Dallas, as well as poor play in Buffalo - all while he is quickly approaching 40 years of age.
You probably expected me to sit here and rip Rosenhaus like I have ripped Pryor and Owens before. Not a chance.
Drew Rosenhaus may have been the only thing that could have saved Terrelle Pryor, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the most will be salvaged from Pryor's career from here forward, no matter how he performs.