He can evade tacklers. He can evade the law. But he can’t evade the truth: Jameis Winston is a hell of an athlete. “Famous” Jameis Winston, 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner and starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, has a chance to get a whole lot more famous tonight should he lead his team to a BCS National Championship over the Auburn Tigers. Though he is most famous for quarterbacking the Seminoles, Winston’s athletic prowess extends beyond football. He also plays for the Florida State baseball team, as a pitcher and an outfielder (with, believe it or not, a cannon arm), and was drafted in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers out of high school. At the BCS Media Day, Winston was asked about his ambition to play both football and baseball professionally. He listed a couple of teams he would like to play for, including the Braves.
“A lot of people are going to say, no way, he’s a quarterback, Bo Jackson was a running back. But if I put my mind to it — and the one thing I always seem to do is gain the trust of my teammates — if I can convince those guys I can be your quarterback and still go play baseball for the Atlanta Braves or New York Yankees…”
Maybe he wants to follow in fellow Florida State alum Deion Sanders’ shoes? The Tomahawk Chop (which Sanders brought to the Braves from FSU) just makes the guy feel at home, I guess. This of course comes after Winston also said he would transfer to the University of Texas should the school hire Jimbo Fisher, though the Longhorns did not. So, I guess we have to start asking ourselves: is there any team Jameis Winston doesn’t want to play for? At this point I’m waiting for him to volunteer to come off the bench for the Heat during the playoffs. Maybe mark up on Lance Stephenson when Wade needs a breather and LeBron is on Paul George. Hell, Jameis has a pretty soft touch, get his ass to Sochi and put him on the Curling team for the Winter Olympics. I want Jameis Winston to be at least a quad-sport athlete. Put him on the ice to just take out Sydney Crosby. He’s Team USA’s new enforcer.
Winston seems to be a better pitcher than hitter so far, statistically speaking. He had a 3.00 ERA and can reach the mid 90s, but only hit .235 last season. Regardless, considering his speed and arm strength, Winston would at the very least make for an above average outfield defender at any level. Check out these outfield assists.
Really hoping he plays two sports.
[via Talking Chop]