Before Jameis Winston can start trying to post the numbers Buccaneers fans really care about – those that help produce wins – he needed pick the one they can now buy on jerseys around the Tampa Bay area.
Rather than stick with trusty No. 5, the digit he won a college national championship with at Florida State two season ago, Winston decide to return to his earliest football roots.
“One thing about number 3 – that was my first number ever playing football,” Winston said during Friday’s introductory press conference at One Buc Place. “So I just look at it as a new beginning.”
Winston strapped it up in those early Alabama days for the youth league Bessemer Tigers, he said at a follow-up conference in the media room at One Buc Place. He went on to play his high school ball at nearby Hueytown High.
“In high school I wore number 8, in college I wore number 5, so five plus three is eight … and five minus three is two. Little addition and subtraction there,” Winston joked during the roughly 13-minute Q-and-A.
Had he wanted it, No. 5 is currently available on the Tampa Bay roster. Going back to No. 8 would have involved a conversation with fellow quarterback Mike Glennon.
When Winston makes it onto his first regular season active roster in pewter and red, he’ll officially be the fourth Buccaneer to wear No. 3 in team history and first non-place kicker. The number’s previous owners were Bill Capece (1981-83), Matt Bryant (2005-08) and Shane Andrus (2009).
I think he avoided 5 because Freeman wore it
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