Last season the Florida State Seminoles were considered lucky to land the top quarterback recruit in the nation, Jameis Winston. He came to school with exceptional talent at the position. Scouting reports around the country noted his ability to stay in the pocket and throw passes as well as scramble when the plays broke down. In short, he is supposed to be the school’s next big star.
However, Winston has yet to play for the Seminoles even though it is still in Head Coach Jimbo Fisher‘s plans. Winston must beat out fellow teammates Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker for the starting job. He plans on doing just that and odds are he will succeed. But Winston also has other plans. Those include starring on the Seminoles baseball team this season.
Enter the Deion Sanders comparisons. Sanders played for Florida State from 1986-88. He also starred in both baseball and football for the Seminoles. And even though Winston has yet to play a single snap at quarterback or play outfield/pitcher for the school, the comparison talk to Deion Sanders should continue.
As of now, any comparison to the legendary Sanders should only be that Jameis Winston simply plans on starring in the two sports. For starters, Winston plays quarterback and not cornerback like “prime time” did. Sanders also started immediately and earned consensus All American honors in 1986 and 1987. Sanders also helped lead FSU’s baseball team to fifth in the nation his freshman year. And to round out his athletic dominance, Sanders starred for the Seminoles track team.
The rest is history. “Neon Deion” went on to a Hall of Fame NFL career. He signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves He tried his hand(terribly) in the music industry. He was flashy and he was cocky. He was great. Arguably, he and Bo Jackson are the only two to maintain that high level of play in the two sports.
Jameis Winston is just getting started. He has a lot of catching up to do to remain in the same comparisons to one of the all time great Seminole athletes, Deion Sanders. Having never heard Winston rap, it is safe to say that his musical talent is on level with Sanders though. The story is a great one. Stayed tuned to see if Winston can create his own legend with the school. Who knows, he may even pick up a flashy nickname or two.