Famous Jameis

Famous Jameis

When asked what characteristics a good a quarterback should have, a 12-year old Jameis Winston included “character, student, having mental toughness”. But since Jameis moved to Tallahassee for college, he has seemed to forgot the expressions he once used to describe the position he now plays.

Born in Hueytown, Alabama; Jameis Winston was the Johnny Manziel of the small Western Alabama town. Named the best duel threat quarterback of his class and the overall best prospect, Winston was busy making his hometown proud. He committed to play for Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles in February of his senior year.

Football isn’t Jameis’ only sport, he is also a stud on the baseball diamond. As a pitcher, Jameis was selected in 15th round in the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers as a senior in high school. Although this opportunity was hard to pass up, Jameis continued to pursuit a career in football.

After being redshirted his freshman year, Jameis came on the field in 2013 and lit up the College Football world. Jameis lead the Seminoles to an undefeated season and a BCS National Championship. Winston also earned a plethora of College Football’s finest awards, including the Heisman Trophy, being the second youngest to be given the award.

Although things seemed smooth sailing for the supposed best player in division one College Football, the law was breathing heavily down the superstar’s neck. Rumored sexual harassment allegations starting to arise, and the heat started to come over Jameis. Controversy was surrounding the quarterback, and the as the nation and the NCAA closely followed him, Jameis didn’t help his case.

In the summer of 2013, the police were called on Jameis and his friends at a local Burger King for allegedly stealing pop out of ketchup cups. In April of 2014, Winston was caught stealing crab legs from a Tallahassee supermarket. Winston was forced to serve 20 hours of community service, and was suspended from all baseball related activities for a short period of time. And finally just several weeks ago, Winston was caught again, this time yelling obscene gestures from the top of a school lunch table.

Some thought that should be the end of the line for Winston, and that the severe punishment should come down on him, but after an apology Winston was forgiven by the NCAA and the school once again and only served a one game suspension.

At this time, it is obvious that Jameis Winston is on thin ice, and one more mess up could mean the end of his athletic career, or even expulsion from the University of Florida State.

With a superb talent that Winston possess, it’s no wonder he hasn’t been kicked off the Seminole baseball or football team, but just when do coaches finally say enough is enough?

Coach Espelage commented on that matter, and brought up the valid point of we really don’t know Jameis, and can’t go by what the media portraits him as. “I would have to really know the kid to say whether or not I’d bench him or kick him off the team.”

As a young adult, Winston has his whole life ahead of him, and his talent should no doubt lead him into a promising career in sports. If he can manage on focus on keeping his nose clean and staying out of trouble, Jameis Winston can bring his talents to the next level. If he continues to giving himself a bad name, he could end up being one of the biggest disappointments in sports’ recent years.