Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor switches to jersey No. 2, the same number as QB bust JaMarcus Russell

Anwar S Richardson
August 22, 2013

Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor seemingly has not experienced a bad breakup in his 24 years of life.

Those who have been victimized by love, especially if you walked down the aisle more than once (present company included), understand the importance of cleansing yourself from that bad experience. You do not want to eat at the restaurant that was “our place.” If you smelled the same perfume on someone else, it was nauseating. All the pictures in the photo album were burned in an occult-like backyard ceremony. It took months before listening to a slow song did not result in slight depression.

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Sorry, Raiders fans, but Pryor is ready to remind you of a quarterback who once broke your heart.

Pryor showed up to practice today wearing a No. 2 jersey. He previously wore No. 6 in Oakland, but decided he wanted to wear the number he wore in college at Ohio State. He once requested to wear that No. 2, but former coach Hue Jackson refused to let him switch. Because of the bad memories of JaMarcus Russell.

For those who do not wear silver and black on Sundays, it probably does not seem like a big deal. However, No. 2 reminds every Raiders fan of Russell, who is public enemy No. 1 in Oakland.

Russell is Oakland’s infamous first overall pick who signed a six-year deal worth $68 million. He never saw all the money, mostly because of his poor work ethic and strong eating habits, and was released in 2010. Both parties filed grievances seeking money from the other side for not honoring the original contract, and Oakland recently agreed to pay Russell close to $3 million to settle the dispute.

And it seems like maybe they just gave Pryor the XL (XXL? XXXL?) jersey of the old guy who wore No. 2.

"I had to do a double take," Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn told CSNBayArea.com. "Not only was it a new number, the jersey looked a little big on him."

Former Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks wore No. 2 and was 0-8 as a starter. Overall, Brooks and Russell compiled a 7-26 record as starters for the Raiders.

Raider Nation, try not to let those tears ruin your face paint.

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