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Jameis Winston wants to be like a Manning, preferably Peyton

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston may take a page from the Peyton Manning playbook by completing all college eligibility before entering the NFL draft.  If Winston has his way, other similarities will emerge.

Via NFL.com, Winston said at the Manning Passing Academy that he wants to be like one of the Mannings, specifically Peyton.

“I’m an observer,” Winston said.  “So I just observe the way [Peyton] does things.  He’s so detail-oriented.  And how he carries himself — I’m really trying to see how he carries himself because I want to be the guy 10, 15 years from now that’s viewed like a Peyton Manning or an Eli or an Archie.”

Here’s one way Peyton carries himself:  He doesn’t carry crab legs out of a grocery store without paying for them.  Beyond that, Manning generally has his business completely buttoned up off the field, and he holds himself and everyone else to a very high standard on the field.

It’s easy for Winston to say he wants to emulate Peyton Manning.  But it entails accepting a level of obsession that becomes persistent irritation, a state of being happy only when there’s something about which he’s thoroughly unhappy.

It many ways, it’s good to be like Peyton Manning.  In other ways, it’s surely torturous.  Being Peyton Manning means being always “on,” always planning, always working, always striving, always pushing, always trying, and never being satisfied.  Some would say it’s more of a curse than a blessing.

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47 Responses to “Jameis Winston wants to be like a Manning, preferably Peyton”
  1. jpaq68 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:47 PM

    I doubt either Manning is out stealing crab legs

  2. sternf says: Jul 15, 2014 11:50 PM

    The Mannings weren’t rapists or thieves.

  3. mzim2756 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:54 PM

    Maybe he should stop committing crimes first

  4. jameisxfamousxcrablegs says: Jul 15, 2014 11:55 PM

    “Here’s one way Peyton carries himself: He doesn’t carry crab legs out of a grocery store without paying for them.”

    LOL. Thanks for the laugh, Mr. Florio, that one made my day! :-D

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 15, 2014 11:59 PM

    lol PFT beat me to it. If Winston wants to be like a Manning then he’s off to a terrible start.

    Character is #1 with the Mannings.

    Winston may or may not lacking in the talent department but one things for sure, he isn’t a high character guy.

  6. Gordon says: Jul 16, 2014 12:00 AM

    Manning also doesn’t get accused of rape, like Winston was. This guy is clueless. He obviously doesn’t realize how ridiculous he sounds.

  7. jchipwood says: Jul 16, 2014 12:01 AM

    Top 5 qbs n the league:
    1. P. Manning
    2. Brees
    3. Rodgers
    4. Newton
    5. Different options

    5 most overated qbs that can only throw the slant:
    1. T. Brady
    2. T. Brady
    3. T. Brady
    4. T. Brady
    5. T. Brady

  8. dylanb13 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:07 AM

    Don’t forget “always losing Super Bowls.”

  9. fmc651 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:09 AM

    Well that is nice but I do not recall Peyton raping someone when he was at TN.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:24 AM

    Which one has more Super Bowl wins, and probably will get another before he’s done?

  11. groundpounder95 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:40 AM

    You forgot to mention Winston’s superb interviewing skills. Where did he model those from?

  12. jayhawk6 says: Jul 16, 2014 12:41 AM

    Uh…Peyton Manning has never found himself fighting a rape charge.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 16, 2014 12:57 AM

    Ultimately Jameis most closely resembled one of Archie’s oldest friends. Jughead.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 16, 2014 1:02 AM

    “With great power comes great responsibility”

    -Stan Lee and Voltaire?

  15. lolnfl says: Jul 16, 2014 1:09 AM

    Peyton Manning dropped his pants and sat on a woman’s head in college.

  16. vicnocal says: Jul 16, 2014 1:18 AM

    Well, certainly not Cooper.

  17. notthetroll says: Jul 16, 2014 1:50 AM

    You, Jameis, have stolen more crab than all the Mannings combined, including Cooper.

  18. raidermark says: Jul 16, 2014 2:14 AM

    Look in the mirror. Ain’t happening.

  19. mzew233 says: Jul 16, 2014 2:15 AM

    Settle for less then you know you’ll succeed.

    You’ll never be Tom Brady in many ways. You missed the cut to be as good genetically by miles.
    Never have a perfect season, 5 SB appearances, and able to take 4-5 different WR groupings in your career to 8 AFC title games. And date a supermodel (no coverups necessary).
    Although Winston is on par with Manning for sexual related controversy in college, youll probably be mediocre in playoffs as well.

  20. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jul 16, 2014 2:34 AM

    Jameis didn’t choke in the championship so maybe he’s more like Eli than Peyton….who pees down his leg when it’s a big game.

  21. therealraider says: Jul 16, 2014 2:38 AM

    Jamarcus Russell and Vince Young said the same thing.

  22. patfic5 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:07 AM

    ….the comments for this should be epic.

  23. onenineninee says: Jul 16, 2014 3:26 AM

    Yea, I’m sure Peyton feels its a curse being him. Other than his legacy of chocking when it really matters of course.

  24. Michael says: Jul 16, 2014 3:28 AM

    ‘ always planning, always working, always striving, always pushing, always trying,’

    You say that like it’s a bad thing… Too bad everyone isn’t like that…

  25. onbucky96 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:03 AM

    Cooper 2.0

  26. joetoronto says: Jul 16, 2014 5:09 AM

    He wants to be a choke job artist???

  27. cylondetector says: Jul 16, 2014 5:19 AM

    Jameis Winston “During the regular season i’d love to emulate Peyton, but then when the playoffs roll around i’d like to switch it up to Eli”.

  28. daburgher says: Jul 16, 2014 5:20 AM

    always striving, always pushing, always trying, and never being satisfied. Some would say it’s more of a curse than a blessing.

    - definitely a blessing considering 99% of our population is the complete opposite. He’s (Peyton) someone to look up to and emulate no matter your profession

  29. juliusanonymous says: Jul 16, 2014 5:23 AM

    Enough of the Peyton worship.

    Outside of being a choker, he’s also a poor loser – often blaming his team mates and throwing people under the bus. Most overrated player of our generation.

    43-8

  30. uglydingo says: Jul 16, 2014 5:48 AM

    The only thing that Jameis has in common with Peyton Manning is that they both play the QB position. Peyton has focused and worked very hard on his craft to be one of the best. Jameis has superior natural athletic skills but his inclination for bad decisions off the field, seems a challenge. After Jameis’ two incidents, the kid needs to understand that both raise major questions re his character. He was lucky to stay out of jail both times (especially the alleged rape). Think very hard because strike 3 and you’re out.

  31. terrier92 says: Jul 16, 2014 6:08 AM

    Nothing wrong with an obsession if you are willing to pay the price. All great men are obsessed.

  32. realfootballfan says: Jul 16, 2014 7:07 AM

    Good for him that he wants to be like the best. Just don’t try to emulate that playoff record if you make it that far, lol.

  33. marvinmillersucks says: Jul 16, 2014 7:12 AM

    If you want to emulate Peyton, settle out of court when your accused of sitting on a trainers face with your pants down.. you already have him beat Jameis, you led your team to the winning TD in the Championship game…

  34. whatjusthapped says: Jul 16, 2014 7:39 AM

    If the Tallahassee police department would have done their real job, protecting the citizens, instead of covering up for Florida State football alumni, Jameis would be in jail. But if this kid keeps on playing and eventually gets to the NFL, he would make a perfect draft pick for the Ravens.

  35. ravensfan48 says: Jul 16, 2014 7:56 AM

    I can’t stand the negative people on these type of stories. If he is sincere about trying to emulate the Mannings, that’s great. Its takes hard work and a tremendous amount of discipline. Mr. Winston hopefully you have learned from your mistakes and will ask yourself in the future “What would Peyton do?” when confronted with questionable choices. I am certainly rooting for you.

  36. cubano76 says: Jul 16, 2014 8:11 AM

    Of course, because who would want TWO Super Bowl rings. What a clown.

  37. guypatsfan says: Jul 16, 2014 8:27 AM

    “In many ways, it’s good to be like Peyton Manning. In other ways, it’s surely torturous. Being Peyton Manning means being always “on,” always planning, always working, always striving, always pushing, always trying, and never being satisfied. Some would say it’s more of a curse than a blessing.”

    This is what you have to be if you want to be a great NFL quarterback. Brady is like this, and so is Brees, Rogers, Rothlesberger, Wilson, and anyone else who strives for greatness. It’s a very lonely and demanding pursuit, but this is what Jameis Winston must be like if he wants to emulate the great ones.

  38. jpaq68 says: Jul 16, 2014 8:41 AM

    He skrong.

  39. bdfun400 says: Jul 16, 2014 8:43 AM

    wouldnt you rather be Eli? sure he has his struggles, but he has more Vince trophies. I’d rather have some bad regular seasons(27ints) than get pants-ed in-front of the world.

  40. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Jul 16, 2014 8:52 AM

    yeah but peyton manning is like malaysian flight 370: cruises along on autopilot in the regular season, but come playoff time he disappears and nobody knows what the heck happened.

  41. teek77 says: Jul 16, 2014 9:19 AM

    For all the idiots who refer to Winston as a Rapist, the Judicial System could not find justification to charge him with an offense, must less to convict him of rape. Let’s get the facts straight before you start slandering a man’s name. As for the Manning’s, I don’t remember either of them winning a NCAA National Championship. Sure, the crableg incident was stupid but lots of stupid incidents are committed by young people in college but how many get national attention. Hopefully, Winston will realize that he will be living under a microscope during his life. Wonder what type of pizza he likes and whether he prefers delivery or “take-out”.

  42. gayforbrady says: Jul 16, 2014 9:29 AM

    Jchipwood.

    I wish there were more reporters trying to make a name for themselves by saying Brady was a bad QB. Just more motivation for:

    another winning season
    Another AFC East championship
    Another Buy week
    Another home field advantage
    Another AFC championship
    Another chance to win the super bowl.

    No matter how you want to look at it Tom Brady has played in the same amount of super bowls as P. Manning , brees, and Rogers combined (not counting Peyton’s last one because he never really played in that one).

  43. steelerben says: Jul 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    Being Peyton Manning means being always “on,” always planning, always working, always striving, always pushing, always trying, and never being satisfied. Some would say it’s more of a curse than a blessing.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, I’m not going to say that is a curse considering that is what made him hundreds of millions of dollars.

  44. melikefootball says: Jul 16, 2014 1:24 PM

    LOL on that..you can’t even get it, you pay for food not walk out as if you are owed something.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 16, 2014 1:52 PM

    A comparison to Vince Young would be more accurate. Keep it real Jameis!

  46. djshnooks says: Jul 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    Peyton also never won anything in college.

    Jameis already has, as a freshman.

  47. freage says: Jul 16, 2014 6:26 PM

    Wow , you had to do him like that

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