Seattle Seahawks quarterback Terrelle Pryor voiced his support for the recent court ruling allowing college athletes to right to capitalize on their names and images.
Pryor, who left Ohio State after his junior year when he and four teammates were suspended for selling memorabilia, acknowledged that he made a mistake in college but defended his right to support his family.
"I'm glad they did that," Pryor told 710 ESPN Seattle. "The only thing I will say about that is when I was at Ohio State, all you see is red jerseys in the stands and you see a lot of No. 2s (Pryor's number at Ohio State). I'll leave it at that."
Rather than sit out Ohio State's first five games of the 2011 season with a suspension, Pryor opted for the NFL supplemental draft and was taken in the Oakland Raiders. He was traded to the Seahawks in April for a seventh-round draft pick.
"It was a rule, I broke it and I was wrong for that," Pryor said. "At the time, I was getting in trouble -- and I don't even call it being in trouble. I don't think helping my mother, who was in need, is being in trouble. I'll never regret that. The only thing I regret is hurting certain fans, teammates and coaches."
Pryor agreed with former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NCAA, that college players are athletes first and college student second.
"The schools are telling you to take certain classes that you can pass so you can play," Pryor said. "The problem with that is, if a guy like that gets hurt and now can't get that 500 grand or up to $5 million in an NFL contract, the guy hasn't learned a lot.
"He didn't learn to be a lawyer. He didn't learn to take the things he needed to move on, and now he has to go to school again. I see it going on an awful lot and I think it needs to be addressed."