Much to the surprise of football fans nowhere, Florida State University quarterback and renowned crab leg lover Jameis Winston has made himself eligible for this year’s NFL draft. Jameis, who lost his first game as a starter for FSU a week ago in embarrassing fashion at the Rose Bowl, has a drool-worthy resume. It’s his off-the-field antics that will likely give pause to even desperate general managers at the bottom of the NFL food chain.
IF it were just about football, Famous Jameis would be a no-brainer. On the field, he shows poise and resilience. He is a natural leader with a powerful arm, not to mention pocket mobility. He’s a Heisman Trophy winner and he led his team to a national championship.
But it’s NOT just about football and it would be hard for any team to ignore Winston’s controversial personal life. Among the more disturbing accusations, claims that he raped a fellow Florida State student. Although he was never charged, the investigation into the incident has been criticized as flawed and biased in Winston’s favor. There was also the whole “shooting squirrels with a pellet gun” incident in 2012 (who does that by the way?) followed by more pellet gun tomfoolery inside his apartment, which caused more than $4,000 in damage. He’s been accused of stealing twice: a soda at Burger King and of course, those irresistible crab legs from the grocery store. And despite tons of scrutiny for all the aforementioned ridiculousness, Winston thought it wise to stand on a table in the middle of campus and scream out something about a woman’s vagina back in September, with football season just barely underway.
It is truly a tale of two quarterbacks with this guy which makes it almost impossible to predict how he’ll fare in the draft. We know what he’s capable of on game day. The problem is his unpredictability every other day of the week. One would think that the only thing most teams care about are wins but with the league under fire for player misconduct, Winston’s indiscretions will certainly be top of mind.
Regardless of what happens on draft day, one can only hope that Winston has learned something from his two years in the FSU spotlight. Because in the NFL, being a jackass off the field can’t be chalked up to “zany kid shenanigans”…at least it shouldn’t be. And there are too many athletes out there who would give anything to be in Winston’s position for him to squander it all away.