Whether it’s on Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. has been a great follow on social media since he signed with the Washington Redskins this offseason. He has used his platform to give glimpses of his workouts and recovery process with the consistency that few athletes display in their posting habits.
While he enjoys showing fans the work he puts in away from the practice field, there’s a bigger reason he does it. Pryor wants to inspire young athletes who follow him on social media, too.
“There’s so many kids in the streets nowadays, and poverty and people that are trying to find a way out,” Pryor, who was homeless at times during his childhood, said. “So many kids … I can walk anywhere, anywhere I go, kids come up to me. When people see you on the Internet, see you on social media — because that’s all there is nowadays — kids are always on social media and hopefully when they are looking at me, they are like, ‘I want to go work hard. That inspires me to go do some great things.’ ”
Craft perfection. Gotta spend hours .. cats got a head start on me. pic.twitter.com/tXIGXKA7qP
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) July 6, 2017
He’s had this conversation about being transparent on social media with Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, with whom he worked out with this offseason. “He said, ‘I post my videos because I work so hard. Why not show people?’ ” Pryor said. “And I’m also looking at it like, ‘You’re right. Why not?’ ”
This summer, Pryor has taken his followers through his workouts with Brown in Pittsburgh, his session with future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss and Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder in Charlotte and even inside the team hotel last week.
Late night grind core stability pic.twitter.com/0RVUZcfplV
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) July 27, 2017
“When you go out and have an excellent season or do some great things, people know why,” Pryor said. “Little kids know why. Maybe that’ll get kids outside to work out more and work hard — people that look up to me, people that I inspire.”
Pryor has often been in the spotlight. The former star quarterback at Ohio State was a five-star recruit from Jeannette, Pa., and he’s attempting to use the attention he receives for good. Pryor said he works out two-to-three times per day, catching about 400 balls. He said he’s always had this work ethic, and it’s been a big reason he’s has made the transition to wide receiver appear so seamless in the NFL. But he wants kids to know what it takes to get to this level.
“I can pull out my phone and show you my direct messages on Twitter and stuff like that and people just say, ‘Man, you inspire me. You posting that video today inspired me,’ ” Pryor said. “That’s all I want to do. I want to try to do something to make the world better.”