Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has checked off most of the boxes since being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. From his play on the field – to his actions off of it – even the most skeptical anti-Winston Bucs fans have come around and had many of the their character questions answered by the former FSU star who was no stranger to controversy during his time in Tallahassee.
Photo: Greg Auman/Tampa Bay Times
On Friday, Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman, reported that Winston spent Thursday participating in a local event that included a kickball game along with WWE wrestling star Titus O’Neil.
“Champions of Character Day” at Perry Harvey Sr. Park brought local Tampa teenagers and law enforcement officers together in an effort to bridge the seemingly widening gap of trust between police and some in the African-American community following a number of highly-publicized police shootings that has created tensions nationwide.
During the event Winston has a message for the local teens in attendance.
“You’ve got a wonderful opportunity … to control your destiny,” Winston said. “Everything that you can get involved in, everything you can to do make yourself busy, get on it. … Getting more active in the community. There’s a lot of grass out here. I’m not from West Tampa, but when I see grass, I think of a football field.
“It’s something to do instead of being inside, watching TV all the time, playing those video games. By you working those thumbs, it’s not helping you become a better person. … You’ve got to get better every day. You have to read more. You have to be proud to go to school.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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