A report has come out recently from Pewter Report that Jameis Winston is trying to get former FSU teammate, Jalen Ramsey, to Tampa. I think that there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Winston would prefer to have Ramsey on his team for at least two reasons. First, he already has a relationship with Ramsey after winning a National Championship with him. Second, having Ramsey on his team, means that Winston wouldn’t have to face the most talented player in this year’s draft.
All of that said, I think Winston is a little smarter than some of his detractors want to believe. He knows how the NFL works. He’s one of the game’s smartest pupils. He understands that the Bucs, barring something absolutely crazy, are not going to end up with Jalen Ramsey as their pick on draft night. But, by petitioning for his former teammate, he is doing something else. He’s showing the eight General Managers who select ahead of the Buccaneers how much he values Ramsey. Most importantly, he’s showing the Tennessee Titans what value he thinks Ramsey is worth. By petitioning so hard for him, other teams take notice. I’m not saying Jameis has the ability to change a team’s mind on who they should take. But, I do think he’s doing everything in his power to help his friend’s draft stock.
Jameis Winston loved FSU. He loved his teammates there. He still talks about them in interviews. He still finds time to get around them. A few weeks ago, he was in attendance for an FSU Baseball game against USF. I stood behind the FSU dugout and caught a neat interaction. The security guard came up to Jameis to tell him that his ride had arrived. Jameis said, “Can you please tell them that I’m not leaving till the game is over?” The security guard obliged and walked away. At that point in the game, the score was 12-3 and the game was in the 8th inning. The fact that the game was out of hand didn’t matter to Jameis. He was there to support his former teammates and that’s what he did. He was active throughout the game, if he wasn’t standing next to FSU’s Head Coach, Mike Martin, he was the first one giving high fives and clapping it up for a good play with his former teammates on the bench. Jameis stayed until the final pitch and then signed a few autographs for the fans.
These aren’t anomalies if you followed Jameis and the Bucs this year (or FSU over the previous 2 years). Jameis is a phenomenal teammate. Why do you think he won over the locker room in Tampa so quickly? Why do you think FSU players who graduate and enter the draft say they’d love to come play with Winston in Tampa? He’s an excellent teammate. Guys want to go out and play for him.
Why is Jameis such a great teammate? I’m sure there are many reasons. One, he never takes credit for anything. Any time he has won an accolade or award, he praises his teammates. When asked whom he’d vote for the Heisman Trophy Award, he replied he’d have voted for the entire team. Secondly, he never blames anyone else, even when it’s their fault. Wide receiver Mike Evans set an NFL record for drops in a single game this year. Jameis never blamed him. Instead, Winston focused on what he could do better to help the team win. Third, Winston’s teammates know he will do whatever it takes to win a game, help them succeed, or maybe even help them improve their draft stock.
There’s no denying that I’m one of the biggest Jameis Winston supprters that exists. But, I’ve got no problem supporting and believing in someone who consistently backs up his words with actions. That said, I think Jameis Winston is one of, if not the best, teammate that anyone could ever want.