Terrelle Pryor has switched jersey numbers back to the old No. 2 he sported in his days as a Buckeye. Unfortunately, it’s seemingly the most cursed number in recent Oakland Raiders history.
In fact, the Raiders even tried to spare Pryor from the curse. When he requested the number upon joining the team before the 2011 season, then-coach Hue Jackson denied his request, giving him No. 6 instead. “Coach won’t let me where 2,” Pryor said. “Why? I don’t know.” The Raiders obviously knew (potentially the only time this decade you’ll read that statement on a credible sports website).
Perhaps the most obvious example of this apparent curse is draft bust Jamarcus Russell. The former first-overall pick wore 2 in his days with the Raiders, which lasted just three seasons before his poor work ethic and 7-18 record as a starter cost him his job. Other examples include punter Marquette King, who wore two last preseason before ultimately going on injured reserve, and quarterback Aaron Brooks, who threw for just three touchdown passes and lost every start after taking over the starting job in Week 10 of 2006.
Granted, Pryor is not Aaron Brooks, hopefully he doesn’t end up like Russell, and he doesn’t punt like King. But refusing Pryor’s request for his old college number was likely in an attempt to avoid comparisons to Russell, because those are hardly flattering.
We’ll see if the change back to familiarity allows Pryor to recapture the success he had in college or if it makes him play like number two. Hopefully, it’s the prior (no pun intended).