After last night’s loss to the Rams, Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston traded jerseys with St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley. After they removed their shoulder pads, extracted the jerseys, and swapped them, Winston and Gurley held each other’s jersey up for a joint photo.
Gurley was smiling broadly. Winston wasn’t.
And that should make Bucs fans very happy. Winston couldn’t find a reason to smile after a loss that likely ended his team’s playoff chances. Unlike so many players, who smile and laugh and yuk it up after a loss, Winston had nothing to smile about, because his team lost.
He rightfully was, as Rodney Harrison would describe Winston in that moment, “Miserable.”
Rodney was the same way. As he told me while watching the aftermath of the 1:00 p.m. ET games last Sunday, Rodney never smiled after a game that his team lost. He was miserable. And that passion should make every fan of Winston’s team happy to know that, after a loss, the franchise quarterback is every bit as miserable as the most zealous fans of the franchise.