Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was in Orlando earlier this week to watch his Alma Mater, Florida State, take on Ole Miss.
The Seminoles got off to a shaky start, going into halftime down 28-13. Things were so chaotic for the ‘Noles, coach Jimbo Fisher barely had a voice from yelling so much on the sideline. When Fisher spoke to the media, his voice was obviously strained, leaving folks wondering how he would fire up his players to make a comeback in the second half of the game.
Cue Jameis Winston, the former FSU QB who won a Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman and led the ‘Noles to a National Championship. Winston went to the locker room at halftime and spoke to former teammates and younger players to get them ready for what was to come.
“I just didn’t want those kids to be looking like that on national TV,” said Winston. “Coach [Jimbo] Fisher, he’s a great coach and I know they had it in them, just had to light some fire. And I’ll tell you about that No. 12 [redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois]. Florida State, baby. That’s all I’m gonna say. He’s a baller.”
“They already talking about the SEC. SEC!” Winston shouted to the locker room. “Florida State! Florida State, your brothers, your team, your heartbeat. We some dogs! We ain’t no puppies! We some dogs. Wide receivers, you all cannot be stopped the whole game. We’ve got the best running back in the whole damn league. And we’ve got a quarterback that’s going to toss that thing. O-line, wake up!”
Surprisingly enough, Fisher didn’t even ask Winston to come and talk to them. The Heisman trophy winner took it upon himself to speak to them. “I tried to be quiet when I first got there but I felt we needed it,” said Winston.
Needless to say, all Winston said truly resonated with the Seminoles as they came back and got the 45-34 win and a boost to No. 3 in the rankings.