Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

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Winston in 2015
No. 3Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-01-06) January 6, 1994
Place of birth: Bessemer, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Hueytown (AL)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Completions/attempts: 561/941
Percentage: 59.6
TDINT: 44–26
Passing yards: 6,942
Passer rating: 86.6
Rushing touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jameis L. Winston (/ˈməs/, JAY-miss, born January 6, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Born and raised in Alabama, he was a highly regarded quarterback in high school, and led his team to the state championship as a junior. Winston played college football for the Florida State Seminoles and as a Redshirt freshman became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy and helped lead the Seminoles to a victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. In his sophomore and final year, the Seminoles advanced to the Rose Bowl, part of the college football playoff. Winston also played on Florida State's baseball team. Winston was drafted as the first overall pick by the Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early life

Winston was born in Bessemer, Alabama on January 6, 1994.[1] He attended Hueytown High School, where he played both football and baseball.[2] Winston was considered the best dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation by Rivals.com,[3] the best overall QB recruit by ESPN.[4] Winston was also named the MVP of the ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback camp.[5][6] Additionally, Winston earned the Gatorade Player of the Year recognition, for the state of Alabama.[2] He led Hueytown to a state championship during his junior year.

Winston committed to attend Florida State University on February 3, 2012.[7] The Texas Rangers selected Winston in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school. Though the Rangers proposed allowing him to play for the Florida State Seminoles football team while working out with their baseball organization, Winston decided not to sign.[8][9]

College career

Jameis Winston in 2013


Winston redshirted during the 2012 college football season behind senior quarterback EJ Manuel.[10]

2013 season

Prior to the 2013 season, Winston was named Florida State's starting quarterback.[11][12] In his college debut, he completed 25 of 27 passes with four passing touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh.[13]

Winston helped lead the team to an undefeated 13–0 regular season record, including a 45–7 victory in the ACC Championship against Duke.[14]

Winston won the Heisman Trophy on December 14, 2013, beating out quarterbacks AJ McCarron, Jordan Lynch, and Johnny Manziel, the previous winner, as well as running backs Tre Mason and Andre Williams.[15][16] He became the second freshman to win the award, after Manziel won the previous year. He also became the youngest to win the award, at 19 years and 342 days.[17]

On January 6, 2014, Winston's 20th birthday, Florida State defeated Auburn 34–31 in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. Winston was named the Offensive MVP of the game after passing for 235 yards with two touchdowns.[18][19] Winston finished his freshman season with 4,057 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns, which set an ACC record and a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision freshman record.

2014 season

Winston started 13 games his redshirt sophomore season. He did not play in one game due to suspension.[20] After a 13–0 regular season, the Seminoles were selected to play in the 2015 Rose Bowl, a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff, against Oregon. Oregon would win the game 59–20, giving Winston his only loss as a starter during his college career. Winston finished the season with 3,907 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.

After the season, Winston entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[21][22] He finished his career 26–1 as a starter and completed 562 of 851 passes for 7,964 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

College stats

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2013 Florida State 257 384 66.9% 4,057 40 10 77 193 2.51 4
2014 Florida State 305 467 65.4% 3,907 25 18 57 65 1.2 3
College totals 562 851 66.0% 7,964 65 28 134 258 1.93 7

Awards and honors


Winston at Russ Chandler Stadium, 2014

Winston chose Florida State in part because he was allowed to play for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team in addition to football. A switch-hitting batter and a right-handed thrower, he played as an outfielder and a pitcher as a freshman in 2013. He batted .235 with a .723 on-base plus slugging in 119 at-bats and had a 3.00 earned run average in 27 innings pitched.[8] Prior to the 2014 season, Winston was named a preseason All-American by Baseball America as a 3rd team utility player.[23]

College stats

2013 Florida State 27.0 1 2 2 3.00 21 12 .235 28 21 0 9 22 .345/.377
2014 Florida State 33.1 1 0 7 1.08 31 7 .128 5 6 0 4 8 .179/.292
College totals 60.1 2 2 9 1.95 62 19 .208 33 27 0 13 30 .---/.---

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 3¾ in 231 lb32 in9⅜ in 4.97 s 1.74 s 2.89 s 4.36 s 7.16 s 28½ in 8 ft 7 in 27
All values from NFL Combine[24] except the Wonderlic[25]

2015 season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Winston first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.[26][27]

On May 1, 2015, Winston signed a four-year, $23.35 million contract with the Buccaneers, with a $16.7 million signing bonus.[28] The contract prevents him from playing any other sport than football.[29]

Winston in his rookie campaign vs. the Washington Redskins

Winston's career began with a rocky start against the Tennessee Titans with his first professional pass being intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Coty Sensabaugh, the first time a rookie's first pass was returned for a pick-6 since Brett Favre in 1991.

On November 22, 2015 against the Philadelphia Eagles Winston tied an NFL rookie, and Buccaneers franchise, record with 5 touchdown passes.

Winston set franchise rookie records in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Winston finished his rookie season with 4,042 passing yards, finishing 23 yards short of the franchise record set by Josh Freeman in 2012. Winston also became the third rookie quarterback to pass over 4,000 yards in a season.

Following his team's loss in the AFC Championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady elected not to participate in the 2016 Pro Bowl; as a result Winston was selected to his first Pro Bowl game making him the first rookie QB in Buccaneers' history to be selected.[30]

Career stats

Source: NFL

Season Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rate Sck SckY Att Yds Avg TD Fum Lost
2015 TB 16 16 312 535 58.3 4,042 7.6 22 15 84.2 27 190 54 213 3.9 6 6 2
2016 TB 11 11 249 406 61.3 2,900 7.1 22 11 89.7 23 155 37 110 3.0 1 7 4
Total 27 27 561 941 59.6 6,942 7.4 44 26 86.6 50 345 91 323 3.5 7 13 6

NFL records

Buccaneers franchise records


BB gun complaint

In 2012, Winston and another FSU player were held by campus police for allegedly bringing a BB gun on campus and firing at squirrels. Officers handcuffed Winston but he was later released when it was noticed he was not on campus and the gun was just a BB gun. No charges were filed against Winston in this incident.[35]

Sexual assault allegation

On November 14, 2013, the State Attorney of the Second Judicial Circuit announced they were opening an investigation into a sexual assault allegation involving Winston that was originally filed with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) on December 7, 2012.[36] The complaint was originally investigated by the police and classified as open/inactive in February 2013 with no charges being filed.[37][38] The police report, containing the complainant's original statement, has been posted by the Tallahassee Police Department.[39] Tallahassee police stated that the complaint was made inactive "when the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time" and then re-examined after media requests for information started coming in early November.[40] On December 5, 2013, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced the completion of the investigation and that no charges would be filed against anyone in this case, citing "major issues" with the woman's testimony. Meggs stated that "As prosecutors, we only bring charges for cases where the evidence will result in a likely conviction at trial. In this case, the evidence does not show that."[41] Allegations of improper police conduct have been made by both parties, with the complainant claiming to have been pressured into dropping her claim and Winston's attorney alleging inappropriate leaks to the media. Florida State's policy is that athletes charged with a felony cannot play until their case is resolved, but Winston continued to play throughout the investigation because he was never charged.[42]

On April 16, 2014, The New York Times reported irregularities in the rape investigation involving Winston.[43][44] The complainant developed bruises and semen was found on her underwear.[45] 34 days later the complainant identified Winston by name as her attacker.[45] Tallahassee police contacted Winston about 13 days later.[45] No DNA sample was taken from Winston until the prosecutor took over the case, months later;[45] once it was taken in November 2013, it was found to match DNA found in the complainant's underwear.[46] The investigation was conducted by Officer Scott Angulo, who, the Times' article notes, did private security work for the Seminole Boosters, the primary financier of Florida State athletics.[45]

The official FSU hearing, presided over by retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding, on December 21, 2014, cleared Winston of violating the student conduct code in the sexual assault allegation.[47][48] An extract from Harding's decision[49] is below.

I do not find the credibility of one story substantially stronger than that of the other. Both have their own strengths and weaknesses. I cannot find with any confidence that the events as set forth by you, (accuser), or a particular combination thereof is more probable than not as required to find you responsible for a violation of the Code. Therein lies the determinative factor of my decision.

The accuser, Erica Kinsman (who has publicly identified herself), filed a civil suit against Winston in April 2014 and Winston countersued her for defamation and tortious interference in May 2014. In a September 2015 ruling, federal judge Anne C. Conway dismissed Winston's tortious interference claim, but declined a motion to dismiss his claim for defamation. Winston's and Kinsman's suits were combined and are scheduled for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida to begin in May 2017.[50][51]

In November 2015, Winston told CNN that he was prepared to file suit if the network airs The Hunting Ground, a documentary about college campus rape which includes disputed allegations about Winston.[52] An edited version aired on CNN on November 22, 2015.

In 2016, the university paid 950,000 dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by Kinsman alleging a violation of Title IX by FSU in handling her complaint. The university also agreed to conduct five years of sexual awareness programs. It did not admit liability.[53]

Shoplifting incidents

In July 2013, a Burger King employee called police in July to complain that Winston was stealing soda. According to the police report, Winston came in to the restaurant with three men, but did not order any food. An employee, who recognized him, first saw him using ketchup cups to take some soda. He asked for a water cup after she told him to stop, but he said he would use it for soda and filled it repeatedly with soda over her objections, the report said.[54] On April 29, 2014, Winston was issued an adult civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix store.[55] Winston was ordered to undergo 20 hours of community service and was suspended from any college baseball activity until he completed his community service.

Vulgar comments

On September 17, 2014, Winston was suspended for the first half of Florida State's upcoming game against Clemson. The Guardian reported that "several students tweeted" that Winston shouted, "Fuck her right in the pussy!" an Internet meme,[56] while standing atop a table in Florida State University's Student Union.[57] Two days later, university president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox, citing results of an "ongoing investigation", announced that Winston would be suspended for the whole game.[58]

See also


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