Jameis Winston was excited for former teammates after they won Super Bowl LV

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For five years, Jameis Winston was Tampa Bay’s quarterback.

Selected at No. 1 overall in 2015, Winston became the Buccaneers’ all-time franchise leader in yards passing and in touchdowns.

But Tampa Bay decided to move on after Winston’s rollercoaster 2019, in which he led the league with 5,109 yards and also 30 interceptions.

The franchise signed Tom Brady to replace Winston and immediately won the Super Bowl.

That might make many people feel some kind of way. But during an appearance on the “All Things Covered” podcast with former defensive back Bryant McFadden, Winston shared he was mainly happy for his former teammates.

“I just wish I was able to be a part of that. And I still look back and I’m just like, ‘OK, I’m somehow a part of that,’ just in terms of the mentality and the teammates that I built countless hours of work with,” Winston said. “But at the end of the day, I’m excited for my teammates and that’s all I can be.

“I’m blessed that I have another opportunity for me to earn a Lombardi Trophy. I always say, if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. And it was meant for them to win that Super Bowl this year. And I’m doing everything I can to earn me a Super Bowl. That’s the mentality. I can’t sit here and hate on my teammates. Like, yeah I wanted to be a part of the Super Bowl. I live here. I want to be throwing Lombardi Trophies across boats. But at the end of the day, I want to be competing and being a starting quarterback in this league and give my team an opportunity to win [a championship]. I can’t take nothing away from them. That’s what I want, man.”

Winston noted he’s at least texted with many of his former teammates since their dominant victory over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

“I congratulated everybody that I could think of in that organization — I sent them a text and congratulated them,” Winston said. “I had a chance to be with ‘BA’ [Bruce Arians] and those coaches for one year, and I saw how they were coming in with a new mentality, they were coming in meaning business. … You saw the strides that they took. And it paid off.”

16 responses to “Jameis Winston was excited for former teammates after they won Super Bowl LV

  1. So, basically the only thing keeping the Bucs from being Super Bowl contenders was Jameis Winston. Addition by subtraction. Looking forward to playing the Saints twice this year with Winston as the QB. Go Bucs.

  2. For as dumb as some of the stuff Winston has done over his career he’s been consistently smart about what he says publicly.

  3. He said that he’s gonna beat us twice a year for the rest of his life. We win the SB, and now he’s happy for us? Clown!!

  4. txpatsfan says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:49 am
    If Winston tried to toss the Lombardi it would end up in the wrong boat.

    I thought Winston was very classy with his statement, but man was that funny.

  5. I guess Winston was not revered by his former team as the Colts still gave Edgerrin James a SB ring even though they won it a year after he left the team.

  6. Winston seems to have grown up a lot over the last few years. I think the on-field problem for him is going to be that reckless play doesn’t win championships, no matter how good you are otherwise. Even Brett Favre, who lots of people seem to think is one of the all-time greats, won a Super Bowl early in his career then spent well over a decade racking up stats – including INTs – but zero further championships. If you can’t protect the football and consistently make good decisions quickly in today’s NFL, you get no Lombardi. Winston may go on to have a measure of success in the league but unless he changes his style of play, I don’t expect any championships.

  7. Winston is the classic example of why stats like yards and TD passes when taken alone are very misleading. Excessive turnovers are season killers. They negate any positives. Any QB can throw for a lot of yards if nobody is concerned about the number of turnovers. Winston has never been even a good QB for that reason.

  8. I am certain all of them are grateful JW is no longer their teammate so they got to win the SB!

  9. txpatsfan says:
    March 25, 2021 at 9:49 am
    If Winston tried to toss the Lombardi it would end up in the wrong boat.

    That is sooooo funny. Thanks for helping me wake up!

  10. A lot can be said about Winston when it comes to football and off the field decisions. After watching him for 5 years here in Tampa I was able to see a young man mature into an adult. He’s a great teammate and an extremely hard worker. I’d like to see him succeed and hopefully he can process what he’s learned from Brees and turn it into good development.

  11. It has to be incredibly painful to see the team you just left after years of service win one without you.

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