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Jameis on paying players: ‘free education… enough for me’

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Earlier this year, and after his father did itJameis Winston again stoked the flames that he might (unexpectedly) stay at Florida State beyond the 2014 season and eschew (for now) early entry into the NFL.

In very passionate comments, Winston left no doubt as to the value he places on the education he’s receiving at FSU.

“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.”

Given the huge amount of money pouring into school coffers off the backs of these student-athletes, there’s been a push like never before to see them benefit from a financial windfall that grows exponentially from year to year. Winston, based on his star power earned through winning the Heisman and his Seminoles claiming the final BCS title last season, would be one of the players who could very easily cash in on his image before turning professional.

Winston, though, has no desire.

“We’re blessed to get a free education… and that’s enough for me,” the quarterback said during the opening of the ACC Media Days.

(Writer’s note: feel free to get the “he stole crab legs, he obviously needs the money” jokes out of your system. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)

(OK, we good? Good.)

Speaking of ill-gotten seafood, Winston, for all the highs, has seen his share of lows over the past several months.  In addition to the shoplifting citation, Winston was wrapped up in an in-season controversy involving the alleged rape the year before of an FSU student and subsequent investigation.  Winston was never charged, but the off-field incidents — one also involving the theft of soda from a Burger King as well as a long-running BB gun battle that caused property damage — have put a dent in his image to varying degrees.

In regards to the crab caper, Winston said in a statement of apology at the time that his ” conduct needs to be above reproach.”  Sunday afternoon, Winston reiterated that stance and expounded it.

“Definitely not, because I fixed everything,” Winston said when asked if the way he looks at people, the media and law enforcement has changed. “I was cleared, and I mean, I’ve got to hold myself to a certain standard that the media may view me in, that the regular people may view me in, but I know I can do that because I’ve learned the true definition of being a leader and being a leader on and off the field. As a leader for the Florida State Seminoles, I not only have to respect the name on the back of my jersey, but I have a great university that is looking for me to be a great student athlete, and more importantly I have teammates that are counting on me.

“Accountability is something that’s very important to me, and so, yes, I have learned, and I’ve learned that leadership is more important playing the quarterback position than anything else.”

FSU and head coach Jimbo Fisher can only hope that Winston is as loud or louder on the field as he was in 2013, and much, much quieter off of it since December of last year.

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27 Responses to “Jameis on paying players: ‘free education… enough for me’”
  1. orthomarine says: Jul 20, 2014 4:01 PM

    And crab

    And crawfish

    And lemon

    And butter

  2. joemisz says: Jul 20, 2014 4:09 PM

    yeah free education and get out of jail free card is enough for winston

  3. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    Wow original comments. Do some of you have these comments saved so you can copy and paste them every time you see the name Jameis in an article headline?

  4. lanzurrah says: Jul 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    Party school.

  5. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:35 PM

    lanzurrah.. Here is a challenge for you. Name one other public state university in division 1-A where there isn’t a party every day?

  6. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:37 PM

    Notice that said state university not federal so the service academies do not count.

  7. lanzurrah says: Jul 20, 2014 4:52 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with being a party school. Stop being so defensive.

  8. onbucky96 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’d have thought he’d want crab legs too, oops.

  9. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:20 PM

    Not being defensive, proud of my FSU education and the master’s degree I received from a different institution. But speaking of being defensive, I did notice you are being elusive by not answering the question.

  10. dcroz says: Jul 20, 2014 5:22 PM

    Does FSU have a full-time PR consultant for this guy? He talks about being responsible but behaves otherwise. He pontificates about the great free education he craves but speaks like he’s still only halfway through the Rosetta Stone CDs of English as a second language. Given that, who believes him when he says he’s not going to jump to the NFL after this season because he values his education so much? If he doesn’t go, here’s betting it’s because the draft gurus tell him that he would do better to stay another year (which they almost certainly won’t) rather than because his professors or his father (uh-huh) tells him to.

  11. mogogo1 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:24 PM

    What I’d like to see instead of every penny going into the schools’ and NCAA’s pockets is for money to go towards future education of players. That way the guys who nobody teaches to read and who don’t care about their own education because they know they’re going to be NFL Hall of Famers can get some education a couple years down the road when the reality of life sets in.

    I hate the greed of the NCAA but I just don’t see how any system of paying players is going to work. You’ll either have football players making more than faculty while every other athlete on campus gets zilch or the superstars will be making a million while their roommate is making less than working at McDonald’s. No way I see any system that won’t promote class warfare between teammates or the various sports on campus. I think some people have this dream that every athlete in every sport can somehow make $50K and they’ll all sing Koombaya together, but I just don’t think there’s enough money at most schools to do that.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 20, 2014 5:31 PM

    He strong den

  13. greenwhodat26 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:57 PM

    “We good?” Did you graduate from THUG U?

  14. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:59 PM


    There are somethings that a college can do, and schools like Illinois and Southern California are doing it, and that is giving four year scholarships and they can also cover what full academic scholarships cover and that is the full cost of tuition. These are just two things that the school can do that would help some of these athletes and it stops short of paying the players. Or they could allow the athletes to advertise for local businesses. For example a Gators player could advertise for Gainesville Tire and Lube. With the only provision being that the owner of Gainesville Tire and Lube cannot be a Gators booster or have a sports agency on the side.

  15. tbutler704 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:13 PM

    Jameis should take some classes in economics to learn just how much he’s being screwed.

  16. dejadoh says: Jul 20, 2014 6:56 PM

    The Kid is saying the right things. Wish more said the same.

  17. barkleyblows says: Jul 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    I take back all the bad things I ever said about this kid. He’s alright in my book.

  18. dryzzt23 says: Jul 20, 2014 8:24 PM

    Don’t just blame the NCAA, blame the universities as well, they are co-conspirators. Oh I know, they are “non-profit” so that makes it okay right?
    The players KNOW what their benefits are from the moment they sign their LOI.
    If players get paid then their should be a law that prohibits any tuition increase, for any reason. Otherwise, tuition and student debt would continue to skyrocket while the NCAA makes a killing, universities rake in billions, and players get a salary PLUS a free education.

  19. musketmaniac says: Jul 20, 2014 10:53 PM

    dryz welcome to the Factory.

  20. fsu01 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:22 PM

    WOW 13 down votes on a comment that was merely clarifying the public university comment above it. Did not think the comment needed up or down votes. Unless the 13 of you want the service academies to be party schools. I on the other hand would like to see them remain the respected institutions they are training the best military leaders in the world.

  21. kansacity88 says: Jul 21, 2014 5:08 AM

    goodfieldnohit said:

    He strong den



  22. educationreformmovement says: Jul 21, 2014 10:36 AM


    Could you sign this petition:

  23. psly2124 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:24 AM

    Jus admitted he got up to 252. Can we just change his name to Jamarcus and be done with it. Spitting Image except not as good an arm.

  24. cbooker927 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:30 AM

    Reblogged this on Culture, Shocked. and commented:
    FINALLY we have an athlete who doesn’t put money before wealth. Knowledge is wealth, and knowledge is power.

  25. oldforester says: Jul 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    “I was cleared, and I mean, I’ve got to hold myself to a certain standard that the media may view me in, that the regular people may view me in, but I know I can do that because I’ve learned the true definition of being a leader and being a leader on and off the field.

    Mr Winston, it is not the way people view you that is important. What is important, is that the next time you look in the mirror YOU realize that the person you are looking at has been a bad example for others and is responsible. Have a little shame dude, and try giving back more than you take away.

  26. irishmanknowsall says: Jul 21, 2014 11:57 AM

    NCAA football is totally out of control. The NFL condones it heartily, as it performs a great service as the NFL’s farm system, at no cost to any NFL team.
    The repeated stance of “well, football pays for everything else” is getting tiresome.
    Cancel all television deals and sponsorships. Tell all recruits their first responsibility as young citizens coming into their own, is to obtain an education that will serve them well in the years to come. That, will also serve their community, state, and nation.
    Tell the NFL to start up its own farm system. Plenty of people will be itching to be part of that. No shortage of players available, either. They can rent those fancy, out of control college stadiums.
    What we do not need any more of in our once great country, are young men and women who can dunk/swim/shoot/layup/run patterns/block/tackle/bunt/kill/field/throw with great skills.
    What we are short of, is an educated, literate, polite populace, up to date on current social ills and the skills necessary to help solve them. They don’t learn those skills on the fields and gym floors and pools and tracks.
    Millions of young graduates are sinking and unable to get out from under student loan debt, and athletes, pampered since they were 8, now want to be paid. Ridiculous. When offered a four year free ride, take it, study like hell, stay in, graduate, and contribute to your community.

  27. dirtymcgirty says: Jul 21, 2014 11:24 PM

    What’s ironic is that Florida State’s tuition is only $6,500 a year. Not semester, year.. which makes it one of the cheapest division 1 schools. If the scholarship football players each shared a miniscule percentage of the tens of millions of revenue their talent generates each year, they could easily pay that little punk@ss tuition.

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