|Dear Terrelle Pryor . . .
||[Feb. 12th, 2008|05:15 am]
Choose a school.
I remember when I was 18. Choosing a college was a difficult decision. I didn't have the chance to be eligible my freshman year for a sport, but if I had been, and I was choosing which university to grace my abilities at that time, then such an extra weight would clearly have made the decision more difficult. I can only imagine being the top-rated high school football player among my peers. On top of that, I can only dream of having to figure out not only which program was right for me . . . but also right for maximum chance at a wealth of income in about 3 to 5 years.
I clearly did not have my own website.
However, I read of press conferences to announce your declaration of . . . undecided, and I can't help but wonder if it's wise for you to spend much more time than the rest of your peers to further consider your options.
Granted, the last day is somewhere around April 1st, but I would hope that you avoid being a fool by dragging this important moment of your life over that many more days. Yes, it is very important, and I clearly can't relate but can understand and empathize. No, I don't think this indecision would get you any more than the couple of days you would probably receive by your delivered intent. Also, you knew you were really going to have a pick of the best schools for some time now.
One pattern currently happening, with regard to your indecision, can be summed with this graph.
I don't discount the relative change in your landscape, with regard to this decision. Every January, students transfer, others among your peers state their decisions well ahead of time, and one has to consider the different picture in about 30 days prior to the first day one can sign. Wherever you go, you will probably start at quarterback, and will this guy or that guy on the roster this year, next year, yes I know these things go through your head. You can't control those.
Here's another pattern you must consider.
You're already doing well enough to be one of the 6 percent that will make it on to a football roster at the school of your choice. Keep that in mind, but remind yourself that like the approximate million people just like you, you're just another guy that could easily be forgotten in 10 years if a knee shreds, you get one too many concussions, or you just can't flat out ball like everyone thought you could. All such thoughts aren't for you to consider deeply, but it's just a reminder that the more you separate yourself from the average person, such as during this time, the more the world's whim fancies to make you average.
You are not a robot, nor can you leap a building in a single bound, contrary to popular belief.
Also, if it helps at all, you could insure yourself in case of previously-mentioned worst case scenarios. However, there's no entity that will insure you for hundreds of millions of possible dollars that may also be dancing in your head. In life, with regard to success, there are no guarantees.
Which brings me to expectation . . .
You will be expected, already, at this time, to lead the school of your choice to unbridled success at one of the most crucial positions in the sport. You will be entrusted with millions in future revenue that the school of your choice could earn, should you be that highlight face of the athletic program that everyone says you will be. To win would be the least of expectations, at this point. Losses are probably out of the question. This is what happens when any consensus chooses someone or something as "best."
Charlie Batch only wishes he had this kind of path in front of him. Unfortunate events, however, presented themselves at times and made themselves an obstacle in his way. After sitting out his first season at Eastern Michigan for academic requirements, Batch and his friends took summer jobs painting. The materials they used damaged their kidneys. He overcame that setback, the tragic death of his sister, Danyl, in 1996, a broken ankle that fall, a draft pick of the Lions in 1998, and a casualty of Lions after being released and replaced by Joey Harrington in 2002. He stands today as a successful man, the 2nd string quarterback in Pittsburgh, with a championship ring as a member of the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers. I have no doubt that Charlie will guide you and be the proper mentor for you to deal with life, in full.
With regard to this choice, however, it's yours. Your parents won't be able to go to class, take your exams, live in your dorm, enter your school's football clubhouse, suit up, step on the field, or anything else . . . other than root for you. Your relatives can't do it. Your friends can't do it, either. Charlie Batch can't do it. Only you can do it.
Whether or not it's magic, well, we'll all find out about that along with you. With whichever school you choose, well, good fortune to you.
Yet . . .