Jameis Wisnton is one of the biggest stars currently playing college football. He’s the face of defending national champion Florida State, and reigning Heisman Trophy winner. It’s safe to say that Famous Jameis generates a ton of money for his school. However, unlike many other athletes these days, Winston doesn’t feel he needs a cut of the revenue he generates. The opportunity to pursue a free education is enough of a trade for his services.
At the opening of ACC Media Days, Winston was quoted as saying, “We’re blessed to get a free education… and that’s enough for me.”
This statement wasn’t the first time Winston had voiced his opinion on the importance of earning a degree. Earlier in July he sat down for an interview with NFL.com, discussing what he believes a student-athlete’s main purpose should be in college.
“It’s very important to me. I was always raised as a student first and an athlete second,” Winston said. “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.”
While Winston’s take is refreshing, there’s a strong contingent of individuals who believe that athletes should be compensated for the revenue they generate. A free education is nice, but it doesn’t equate to how much money someone, such as Winston, brings into his/her respective university.
Who knows, maybe the NCAA can meet everyone in the middle and offer up free crab legs on top of an education.
[H/T NBC Sports]