Buccaneers: Jameis Winston continues to pluck heart strings in NO

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Jameis Winston continues to show why some Buccaneers fans fell in love with him.

Jameis Winston is hands down the most polarizing player in the history of the Buccaneers franchise.

If you bring up 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns, someone counters with 30 interceptions. If you talk about Winston’s impact off the field and what he did for the city of Tampa, someone else counters with some moments from a checkered past.

Those who love Winston genuinely love him, as evidenced by some fans still hoping for his success with a hated division rival, and those that hate him take every minute to let you know how they feel.

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Emotions like this around a singular player are unique, but Winston will forever have that legacy in Tampa and every other landing spot during his career. That’s just the type of player that he is.

While the on-field performance will be a battleground for debate for eternity without either side ever gaining an inch, almost everyone can agree that Winston’s personality is a true selling point. His excitement on the field and infectious smile are hard to ignore when he is playing for your team, and they hurt even more when he is celebrating with a rival.

Another side of Winston’s character that has become more telling in recent years is his humility. Signing with the Saints as a backup was not an easy undertaking for a quarterback that was coming off a 5,000-yard season, but Winston never complained during his time with the Saints, and now he is a real contender to earn the starting job this Summer.

This humility was on full display several days ago in this attached interview. Winston, who is choked up to the point of tears when discussing Drew Brees and his impact, reveals a raw and unfiltered side that most athletes aren’t known for. Winston gives Brees a reverence that he totally deserves, and his discussion about growth and learning should be enough to make even the most hardened spectator feel a tingle of emotion.

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Winston’s time was up in Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers made the right decision in moving on, but interviews like this will continue to show why some Bucs fans have so much love for their former starting quarterback.

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