Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor grew up close by and center Stefen Wisniewski was born in Pittsburgh.
This week, the Raiders are coming out of a bye week and play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams sit at 2-4 and are looking to get back into contention in the AFC.
Wisniewski returns this week after missing the last two games with a knee sprain. He shared his thoughts on going up against his hometown team.
“Pittsburgh, as a culture, is a football town,” Wisniewski said according to CSNBayArea.com’s Scott Bair. “Everybody grows up rooting for and watching the Steelers. It’s cool to play a team that you grew up watching. It’s also cool for bragging rights. I spend my offseasons out there, and I want to be able to hold my head high and wear my Raiders gear with pride.”
Pryor had nothing but respect for the Steelers and the quarterback he grew up watching.
“I remember being a senior in high school watching Big Ben as a young player,” Pryor said. “He was so great, and still is today. … I really respect his pocket awareness, which is something I’m decent at. He’s very comfortable, his awareness is great and I think you’re just born with that deal. He’s a phenomenal quarterback.”
Pittsburgh is coming off consecutive wins against the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens after losing their first four games of the season.
Oakland comes out of the bye looking to improve upon a lackluster performance in their 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs two Sundays ago.