Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston walked to the podium as he does each Wednesday for his weekly press conference. This time however, the former FSU standout was carrying an NFL football with him.
One of the reporters joked, mentioning him bringing in a prop. Winston corrected him quickly, saying the ball had nothing to do with being a prop.
“I really just want to give this game ball to the fans,” Winston said. “They did an amazing job and it really helped us out. This game ball goes to all the fans doing an amazing job and I hope that that is in our future every Sunday at Ray Jay. This is for you fans.
“(The game against Seattle was the) loudest I’ve heard it since I’ve been here.”
The atmosphere for Sunday’s game took on a playoff-like feel. It was no coincidence it was the most attended game of the season with 63,674 tickets distributed, and actual attendance per the Tampa Sports Authority was 57,882 as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
Make no mistake, Winston said, it make a difference to the players.
When you’ve got your fans involved in a game, it definitely messes with the defenses and the offenses when they’re out there,” Winston said. “It gives the team an extra sort of boost.
“I just thank them for supporting us and being out there. It was a great experience.”
Not only did the Bucs end up with what looks to be the long-term solution to their 40-year quarterback woes, they also drafted a public relations dream it appears.
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 [email protected]
Jameis Winston is like a politician. Always playing up to the crowd and saying things they want to hear.
The big difference is I believe him. Jameis is the MAN.
How can you not love this guy? Go Bucs!
After 40+ years of seeking a true franchise QB from Steve Spurrier to Mike Glennon, we finally found the right guy for this team. No, he’s not perfect on a stat sheet, but the raw numbers don’t show the value of this youngster to this team. There is not another QB in this league I’d take over # 3 for now or in the future. As a weeping Terrell Owens would say, “That’s my quarterback.”
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