Former college teammates of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston still remember him fondly from their days on the field in Tallahassee.

Even those who spent just one season getting to know the Bucs signal caller.

Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes was more than happy to give his opinion of the Bessemer, Ala. native to last month while in Orlando for the Pro Bowl.

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes – Photo: Mark Cook/PR

“Aw man, Jameis, agressive, I mean he is throwing the ball into windows with three people there, he’s going to make that throw,” Rhodes said. “He is an aggressive quarterback who believes in his receivers, he believes in Mike Evans. No matter who is covering him, he is throwing him the ball. That is the trust he has in Mike.” 

Those who have watched Winston run aren’t going to confuse his form to Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt anytime soon. Especially Rhodes, who laughed when recalling a young Winston who showed up in Tallahassee ready to challenge his teammates.

“He was always a competitor,” Rhodes said. “Always competing. He was always trying to race everyone. He thought he was fast and everything like that. We were like, ‘Bro you are slow.’ His whole form was ugly, I was like, ‘You aren’t beating anbody.’

“But you can see he is a leader, a young leader. It is hard for a young NFL player to come in and take control of a team, and his guys listen to him. I just love everything about him. He does everything right.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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, the beach and family time.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
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4 years ago

Let’s hope young Jameis doesn’t challenge Rhodes too much next season when we play the Vikings. Could turn out ugly, cause Rhodes is elite.

4 years ago

Oh yes, I’m sure Winston is tossing and turning in his sleep over the idea of having to toss the rock against him. Good friend of mine texted me last night about the Pats victory saying he will never doubt me again. I replied, never bet against Brady, the guy just simply doesn’t know how to quit. We have a guy like that in Winston. He doesn’t know how to quit either. I remember in the Rams game when we were behind so bad and you could see Winston digging in more and more and not giving up and the… Read more »

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4 years ago

Never thought of Goldson. He has had a sweet gig for a few years.