Cincinnati, OH---Port St. Joe's Calvin Pryor will remember Saturday night all his life. The former Shark standout suited up for the first time in his Jets uniform and made his professional debut as Gang Green traveled to Cincinnati to face the Bengals.
New York's first round pick had to wait to play till now because of a concussion he suffered exactly three weeks ago at just the third practice of training camp.
After going through league protocol to nurse the injury, Calvin's been cleared for full contact and was given the OK to play this past Sunday.
Back in July, when NewsChannel 7 Sports was up in Cortland, New York with Pryor at camp, we asked him how he'd feel when this night, his first under the lights of the NFL, would feel.
"I'm ready to play in my first preseason game, get the jitters out of the way and just move on from it," said Pryor. "But it's gonna be exciting because I know everyone's gonna be watching, so I have to play to my ability."
In the second quarter, against Cincy, the local rookie already made an impact.
Teammate Demario Davis forced a sack fumble. The already blitzing Pryor was able to run up on the loose ball, get to the bottom of the scrum first, and scooped the ball up for the Jets.
The turnover led to a touchdown when Bilal Powell ran in for a two yard TD run.
Pryor played the majority of the game, racking up a team-high seven tackles, and helping the Jets go to 2-0 this preseason, winning 25-17.