Terrelle Pryor is the former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback and NFL wide receiver who was stabbed on the night of November 29 at the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in Pittsburgh.
WTAE reports that Pryor is in critical condition and that Pittsburgh Police has a woman in custody in relation to the stabbing, who was later identified as his girlfriend, Shalaya Briston, 24, who lives with him She was charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault, while Pryor is facing charges of simple assault.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted, “Former NFL WR Terrelle Pryor underwent surgery this morning and is in critical condition after being stabbed last night at his Pittsburgh apartment in the shoulder and chest, per source.”
The Heinz Loft Apartments are located at 300 Heinz Street, is a historical industrial complex located in the Troy Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Pryor is originally from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, which is about 40 minutes east of Pittsburgh, and was the No. 1 ranked quarterback out of high school Pryor played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2008 to 2010 and helped the team win the Big Ten Championship twice. Pryor was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played for the team until 2013.
After his time with the Raiders, Pryor played for the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Pryor Is Expected To Survive
ESPN senior writer Jeremy Fowler tweeted out a very promising update on Saturday morning. He wrote, “A close family friend of Terrelle Pryor told me the family does expect Pryor to survive the stabbing, and that several family members are by his side post-surgery as doctors monitor his progress. We will be following the story this AM on @SportsCenter.”
Josina Anderson followed up with an update Saturday afternoon. She tweeted, “A family spokesman says Terrelle Pryor is out of surgery now for the time being, but is still being listed in critical condition while under observation. I’m told detectives have visited the hospital where Pryor is at, per source.”
Pryor has an older brother Tyrone, who lives in Pittsburgh and works in construction. He also has a sister who’s four years younger than him.
2. Pryor Converted to Playing Wide-Receiver & Is Currently a Free Agent
After switching his on-field role from quarterback to wide receiver, the 30-year-old has played in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, he was released by the Jaguars just before the 2019-2020 season and remains a free agent.
Pryor continued to work out and stay in shape to get back in the game. In the hours before he was stabbed, he posted on Instagram stories a video of him in the gym working out and doing push-ups. Of playing in a new offensive he said, “I believe God closes doors and moves things out of the way for a reason. He kept pushing me in this direction. It’s the position I was meant to play.”
3. Pryor Has a Son With Ex-Girlfriend Heaven Lei, Which Is Why He Changed The Name On His Jersey To Pryor Sr.
The NFL free agent’s personal life was in public turmoil at the of December 2018, as his baby mama Heaven Lei got into a social feud with his now ex-girlfriend, Chania Ray. Ray accused Lei of hooking up with Pryor while she was still together with Pryor and then having an abortion.
Ray wrote on Instagram, “Let’s be clear why me and terrelle even started falling off in the first place .. YOU and HIM did what grown people do (f***) and YOU got pregnant by him, and YOU got an abortion. This was never about your son and I’ve NEVER talked s–t about your son at all.”
In an e-mail to the New York Post, Lei said claims that she had an abortion were completely untrue and that the “whole situation started because Chania was caught on a recording speaking ill of my 4 year old son & that’s what made me go off on her on Instagram.” To read the entire social media argument, click here.
Baby mama drama aside, Pryor has confidently took on the role of fatherhood, and in honor of his son’s birth, who is named Terrell II, he changed the name on all his jerseys to Pryor Sr. After pulling a hamstring and being waived by the Browns before the cuts in 2016 Pryor said, “It was a blessing,” because it gave him quality time with his child. “I bonded with my son and we’re very close.”
4. Prayers & Well Wishes For Pryor’s Recovery Poured In On Twitter
As the news spread of Pryor’s devastating situation, friends and fans from every team he’s ever played for and more shared their hopes online that the former college star and NFL quarterback would fully recover from his injuries.
5. Pryor Lost his Surrogate Father 6 Days After His Biological Father Died
Pryor’s biological father, Craig Pryor, who left him, his brother and sister, and his mother, Thomasina, when he was just 6 years old, died at the age of 44 from a rare neurological disorder which had left him confined to a wheelchair.
Pryor told Cleveland.com of his upbringing, “It was pretty much my mom, me, my brother and sister,” said Pryor. “We were moving in out of hotels and stuff like that. We couldn’t afford a house,” adding that his mom often worked three or four jobs at a time, “along with dealing with my crazy self and my brother”
Not even a week later, Teddy Sarniak, a wealthy local businessman who had taken Pryor under his wing when he was in the 5th grade, passed away. Pryor said of Sarniak, “They said to Teddy, ‘Watch over him and do what you can, help him out because this kid’s going to be special one day Ever since then, he taught me manners… he taught me how to dress. He taught me how to handle myself on a daily basis”
Pryor said Sarniak was a kind-hearted soul “who didn’t need anything from me. He knew I had talent and he knew one day I was going to make it. He did anything he could to help me, and that’s stuck with me to this day. He taught me it’s not always about yourself and it’s not always about your family. It’s also about helping others.”
Despite leaving OSU on a sour note, getting suspended for the first five games of his senior year after selling championship rings, jerseys and award, which forced then head coach Jim Tressel to resign in the wake of the scandal, Pryor continues to consider Tressel to be like another father to him.
Pryor’s former high school football coach Roy Hall said, “When Terrelle had his Pro Day here at a local high school here because he couldn’t have it at Ohio State, Jim Tressel came with him.” The former Buckeyes coach and Pryor continued to text before and after every game during his NFL career. Pryor shared, “We talk about the game and life,” said Pryor. “I love him like a father.”