Titans QB Marcus Mariota – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston joined PFT Live on Tuesday morning and went in depth on a number of issues. Our friend at the Tampa Bay Times, Greg Auman, beat writer and noted fan of comedian Louis CK, transcribed the interview that ranged from Winston’s recent letter to his teammates, to his thoughts on fellow 2015 first round quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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Winston had this to say about the former Oregon standout.
“I watch every quarterback in this league compete, and I always try to see how their days were compared to my days. I’m just in a universal competition, not just with NFL quarterbacks, but with college quarterbacks as well. I believe as long as I’m competing against everybody, I can only hope for the best for me. Marcus is a tremendous player. It’s tough to battle with him on a week-to-week basis, but that’s what it’s all about. God put me here for football, and I’m going to try to play my best, week in and week out.”
To read the answer to a number of other questions, click here.
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Interesting that Jameis, when asked to name the quarterbacks he tries to emulate, didn’t mention Brett Favre. The one “historical” quarterback that has been compared most often to Jameis is Favre because of his aggressive, gunslinger approach to the game, and his competitiveness and love of the game – in all those regards, Favre became the super entertainer of the sport – I just absolutely loved it when our Bucs in their prime played the Packers twice a season in the old NFL Central Division … especially Sapp vs. Favre. Of course, Favre also was not just entertaining, he was productive, he invented the “iron man” mode of reliability, he set one helluva lot of passing records, was a multi-league MVP, and won a Super Bowl. It would be hard to top his career.
No two quarterbacks are ever going to be exactly the same, of course – each is an individual talent and personality. But if Jameis were to emulate the pure entertainment value as well as productiveness of a Brett Favre, he would be an epic Bucs player.
If I was Jameis I would just stay focused on Jameis. He’a agood leader and has that desire to get better everyday.
ALL great players in any sport look up to and emulate the greats who preceded them. No player is bigger than the game, or a league unto himself. Jameis understands that and says that.
Horse, I was always taught competition breeds success. Your only as good as who you play against. If Winston has to use other Qbs stats and success to drive him to work harder and be better then so be it.
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