Jameis Winston is a professional American footballer who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He set an impressive record while in high school and in college, bagging a lot of achievements including winning the Heisman Trophy and leading his high school team to the National Championship Game in 2014. Here is everything you should know about him.
Jameis Winston’s Biography
As they say, legends give birth to their kinds. Jameis Winston was born into a very strong athletic home on January 6, 1996, in Alabama. His father Antonor Winston, during his heyday, was noted for his athletic abilities – he lettered in three sports and also played as a cornerback for the Michigan State. His mom, Loretta Winston, was also noted for her speed as a sprinter. Records have it that she beat Vonetta Flowers to her game in one of her races. The quarterback’s younger brother, Jonah is equally athletic in nature – he is skilled in the game of football, basketball, and baseball.
With this kind of background, Jameis Winston never had issues in aligning his career path as a footballer. His parents have stood by him and have been his number one fan right from the earliest days of his career.
Jameis was a scholar at Hueytown High school and was active in the game of football and baseball. While his stint lasted, he was incredible at his games, setting excellent records and bagging a lot of awards. He was rated as the best dual quarterback threat in the nation during his time by Rivals.com and was also the Gatorade Player of the Year and the best overall quarterback recruit as rated by ESPN.
After high school, he moved to Florida State University in 2012. That same year, he was also picked by the Texas Rangers of the MLB. However, he abandoned the deal from the baseball team in other to focus on football.
As a true freshman, he was redshirted but resumed as the team’s starting quarterback the following season. His debut with the team was in a game against the University of Pittsburgh. He finished the game with a rushing touchdown, 4 passing touchdowns, and also completed 25 of 27 passes.
Come 2013, his impressive records earned him a lot of recognitions including the ACC player of the Year, the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, amongst others. That same year, he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the youngest at age 19 and the second freshman to have bagged the award. His last days in the school team was in 2014; he totaled 25 touchdowns and 3,907 passing yards at the end of the season.
Jameis Winston was picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the number one pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He later inked a four-year deal worth $23.35 million with the team. The pact handed him $16.7 million as a signing bonus. Jameis made his first appearance for the team in a game against the Tennessee Titans and finished his rookie season with an impressive record of 4,042 passing yards.
Jameis Winston’s in the 2016 pro bowl stood out among his peers and was also noted as the first rookie quarterback to have played in the game throughout the history of the team. He finished the next season recording 11 interceptions, 19 touchdowns, and 3,504 passing yards.
His Net Worth
In 2017, Jameis Winston earned an annual salary of $6,337,819. The amount he is to pocket from salary and bonuses in 2018 has been estimated at $8.06 million and he is expected to earn a whopping $20.1 million in 2019. His net worth currently falls at $12 million.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Jameis Winston Married?
Jameis Winston hasn’t taken his longtime girlfriend, Breon Allen to the alter just yet but their engagement story sure made the headlines. He proposed to her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the same day the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle happened.
Breion and Jameis started their relationship since their days in high school. Yeah, they have been together even before he gained fame. The two recently announced that they are expecting their first child. From all indications, the two are happy together and we hope to hear of their wedding bells soon.
Height and Weight
Weighing 105 kg and with a height of 6 feet 4 inches, Jameis has quite a perfect athletic body which has served as an advantage to his successful career. His arm length is 32 in (0.81 m) and his hand size, 9 3⁄8 in (0.24 m).