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Jameis Winston adds fuel to ‘two more years’ fire

Jameis Winston

Here we go again.

Just about a month ago, eyes all across the college football landscape collectively rolled when the father of Jameis Winston was quoted as saying that the family “want[s] Jameis to succeed with one more year in baseball and two more years in football.” Provided off-field concerns don’t derail it, the Florida State quarterback, who’d be draft-eligible in 2015 because he’d be three years removed from high school, would stand a very good chance of going No. 1 overall in the NFL draft next April/May.

Most people aren’t buying the “two more year” talk. Winston, though, has once again hinted that could very well be the case.

At the Manning Passing Academy Friday, Winston was asked about his future with the Seminoles. The redshirt sophomore’s response, and his focus, may surprise you.

“It’s very important to me. I was always raised as a student first and an athlete second,” Winston said to in regards to earning his degree before moving on to the NFL.

“I think that’s the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective. It’s about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league. Even if kids leave early, I would want them to come back and get that degree.”

Winston, incidentally, is majoring in social science with a business minor.

It would tremendous for the game of college football in general and the Seminoles in particular if Winston returned for at least two more seasons (he technically has three years of eligibility remaining). Still, Winston will have a decision to make at some point before mid-January: remain in college as the big fish in a small pond, or head off to the money-green waters of the NFL.

We’re thinking that, right now, no one, including Winston himself, has a clue what the future six months down the road holds.

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18 Responses to “Jameis Winston adds fuel to ‘two more years’ fire”
  1. rolltide510 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:06 PM

    Winston has always loved to pretend to care about academics, going back to high school. He’ll turn in his declaration for the 2015 draft on the first day he’s elligible to do so.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 12, 2014 12:20 PM

    I said, guys, we didn’t come here for no reason. I said, guys, this is ours, man. All the adversity we went through the first few quarters, it was ours to take. And like I’ve been saying, we control our own destiny. And those men looked me in my eye and they said, ‘We got this, Jameis.’ And I said … we said … I said, ‘Are you strong?’ They said, ‘I’m strong if you strong.’ I said, ‘We strong, then.’”

    -Jameis Winston Churchill

  3. stoicpaisano says: Jul 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    Winston, incidentally, is majoring in social science with a business minor.
    Not to be pedantic, but you don’t major in social science at FSU as it is a college (College of Social Sciences and Public Policy) not a degree program.

    Let’s guess what Jameis is really pursuing a degree in:
    A. African-American Studies
    B. economics
    C. International affairs
    D. PoliSci
    E. Sociology
    F. Murray Abraham
    G. Is still doing his prerequisites and hasn’t declared

  4. waynefontes says: Jul 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    Thumbs up for the F. Murray Abraham reference.

  5. sw19womble says: Jul 12, 2014 1:36 PM

    If Winston is majoring in gender studies and free market economics, then it might take longer than two years….

  6. sw19womble says: Jul 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    rolltide510 said:
    He’ll turn in his declaration for the 2015 draft on the first day he’s elligible to do so.

    So, when he makes bail?

  7. buk06 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:08 PM

    Wow, hahaha the comments are like a teenage girl chatroom or the male version of Mean Girls …correction, its worse than a teenage girl chatroom b/c ya’ll are grown men. I’m guessing you guys are the angry nerds (nerd was typed with love & respect) who never played & this is your chance at revenge… Sure its kinda lame to put people down but hey…. & I’m sure you’ll give me the thumbs down with extra Ummph–but its ok..I understand fellas–I do.. … Get ’em guys! Give em hate!..sorry I meant hell

  8. buk06 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:09 PM

    But can we mix in some actual sports talk?

  9. cardmagnet says: Jul 12, 2014 5:34 PM

    Winston knows he won’t get away with rape and theft in the NFL like he does in Tallahassee. Better stay another year to get it out of his system.

  10. onlyoneleft says: Jul 12, 2014 6:54 PM

    Oh, he will turn in his declaration as soon as he can. He can’t stay out of trouble for two years.

  11. bbk1000 says: Jul 12, 2014 8:10 PM


  12. mashoaf says: Jul 12, 2014 9:20 PM

    Worked well for Matt Leinart to stay in school.

  13. sprtmano says: Jul 13, 2014 1:14 PM

    How many women will be raped by him and his team mates along with the COACHES CONSENT?

  14. mrba4775 says: Jul 13, 2014 9:09 PM

    I have to agree with Winston. Winston will be #1 in 2016.

  15. realfootballfan says: Jul 14, 2014 1:42 AM

    I think he’ll play one more year personally no matter hwat happens this year. Ponder and Manuel got drafted in the first round, and he’s head and shoulders a better prospect than both put together.

  16. realfootballfan says: Jul 14, 2014 1:46 AM

    Also, I lvoe the “he only pretends to care about academics” comments from the dummy posting first on this story who doesn’t know the kid. I suppose Stanford who doesn’t exactly take academics lightly and offered him out of high school isn’t good enough for a dummy like you.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    Ok, I’m sorry, I don’t care who you are, how long you’ve been in school, or what your major is. You’re STUPID if you turn down a chance to be the #1 overall pick.

    You’ll never make that money back, it’s a huge risk, that even a $10MM insurance policy can’t fully cover, and it’s not like he’s going to school to prepare for a career in business.

    FSU isn’t going out of business in the next 15 years so you can always come back. Many have.

    The list of players that waited and regretted is long and distinguished (nice setup there for any of you Top Gun fans).

    Just a few:
    Matt Leinart
    Matt Barkley
    Jake Locker
    Marcus Lattimore

    Think of it this way, if you stay to get that degree and suffer a catastrophic injury, your future earnings with that degree might not equate to the guaranteed money in your first contract. It’s not worth the risk, especially when college will always be there after your career or during the offseasons.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 10:36 AM

    And when I say your future earnings, I mean all your future earnings COMBINED.

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