Terrelle Pryor grew up in Jeannette Pa. a big Steelers fan and a big Ben Roethlisberger fan. On Sunday the Raiders' young quarterback will "play against guys I looked up to and guys that were role models to me."

And to hear him tell it he was almost a teammate to those Steelers.

Pryor told Pittsburgh reporters in a conference call that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin offered to draft him in the August 2011 supplemental draft but Pryor declined. The Ohio State alum then went to Oakland in the third round.

"Mike said 'Hey I'll draft you if you want to play here' " Pryor said. "But he gave me a story about when he was down in Tampa Bay about a quarterback (Shaun King) that was there and he ended up being in the same hometown. It was just hard for him; he ended up cutting out because of all the distractions."

So Pryor said he told Tomlin thanks but no thanks.

"I had to say no because at a young age I didn't want to be near home and have distractions around me" Pryor said.

Pryor didn't have any distractions during the bye week. He stayed in the Bay Area and worked with both the Raiders' staff and his personal coaches.

Pryor spent two days with offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo watching video. And then former major-league pitching coach Tom House flew up for a day after the original plans of Pryor going to Los Angeles were scrapped for scheduling reasons.

House told Pryor that he wasn't keeping his right ear over his right foot the back one when he threw.