Jameis Winston is two years into his NFL career with mixed results. But Jimbo Fisher, his coach at Florida State, believes there’s a lot of greatness ahead of Winston.
During his Tuesday at ESPN, Fisher was asked about Winston’s potential on First Take. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Fisher responded with heavy, heavy praise for his former starting quarterback, who won a national title during his time at Florida State.
“You don’t want to jinx the guy,” Fisher said, “but I think he’ll be a Hall of Fame guy and be one of the great guys. I really do.”
Winston won 26 games in 27 starts in his two seasons starting at Florida State. He also won a Heisman Trophy then was the No. 2 pick in the NL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He threw for 28 touchdowns and 4,090 yards in his second NFL season, building on a rookie campaign that saw him throw for 22 touchdowns and 4,042 yards. But it’s not about the stats and the production for Fisher, who said he believes in Winston’s potential because of his work ethic and his ability to study the game to constantly improve.
“A lot of people think it’s because I’ve coached him. But I’ve been around him. I know,” Fisher said. “When you’re a freshman and you walk off the field, we’re in there watching film as coaches and 9:30, 10:00 [p.m.], he knocks on the door. ‘Coach, I did these six things wrong. Did you see anything else? Tomorrow, on third down, I like this. In the red zone, I like this.’
“He is a student of the game. His demeanor and personality is so infections that you can’t be around him and not play hard and practice hard and not want to do it. And his drive and expectations for himself. I know the physical talent, but I know the mental and physiological disposition of him.”