Jameis Winston became the latest quarterback to go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft less than two weeks ago. His success at the collegiate level, most notably winning the Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship in 2013, was the main driver of his high draft stock.
However, legendary Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, who coached the Seminoles from 1976-2009, believes the bad outweighed the good for Winston in college.
“I think it’s a consensus among Florida State fans and boosters that he was an embarrassment in a lot of ways to the university,” Bowden told Paul Finebaum on Tuesday’s Paul Finebaum Show. “He won a lot of ball games, probably one of the best football players that ever attended Florida State, but he hurt himself off the field.
“The good news is that he’s young enough to get over that, ya know it? And he’s gotta do that. But he just can’t make those junior high school decisions that he made while he was in college.”
Controversy followed Winston throughout his college career. Whether it was taking crab legs from a local store without paying or sexual assault allegations in which he was never charged, the quarterback found his way into the news for all the wrong reasons at Florida State.