Jameis Winston Talks About His “Wakeup Call”

July 10th, 2018

Shoulder injuries, nine straight losses as a starter and being accused of crotch-grabbing without permission were not the only eye-openers for Jameis Winston last season.

Jameis shared with Joe a heartfelt “wakeup call” he experienced in 2017. The chatter from America’s Quarterback came during a June episode of the Ira Kaufman Podcast.

Joe asked Jameis about how he felt meeting Aaron Rodgers for the first time last season, a couple months after his private chat with Tom Brady at the Den of Depression.

“Just shaking his hand after that game and getting a chance to play in Lambeau Field, I really wish we could have [won],” Jameis said of meeting Rodgers in November.

“Meeting him would have been better. Same with Tom Brady. Beating him would have been way better [than losing on Thursday Night Football].

“But you know, I think I’m one of the few quarterbacks who play in a division with three MVPs. And it’s competition every single week. You know, we have Drew Brees who’s a definite Hall of Famer. We have Cam Newton who has already broke records as a quarterback. And we have Matt [Ryan] who is now the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. So I think it’s a privilege every week to play in this league against every single quarterback, but definitely meeting the greats like Rodgers and Brady last year was not only a privilege, but I mean it’s a wakeup call. It’s like, ‘Jameis you’re competing against these guys and instead of you idolizing these guys, you need to be trying to beat these guys every single time you play them. Like you’re already playing three of the best [in your division] every single week.’ So just a wakeup call that I got to step my game up. Even though [Rodgers] was hurt, we still lost that game. People that have success in this league they win. That’s my main thing I’m focusing on is winning.”

Great, candid take from Jameis, but also a little odd for a third-year quarterback. It was as if Jameis acknowledged that he caught himself getting starstruck and recognized that it affected him.

Before meeting Brady and Rodgers, Jameis already had beaten Newton, one of his major childhood idols, Brees and Ryan, as well as Eli Manning and Russell Wilson. Jameis also played in a Pro Bowl. So one might think he had gotten past the wakeup-call stage.

126 Responses to “Jameis Winston Talks About His “Wakeup Call””

  1. Robert Says:

    I’m converted!

    How long until win a date with jameis night?

  2. Frank Pillow Says:

    Losing to Brett Hundley and his 84 passing yards should’ve been the REAL wake-up call from that trip to Green Bay. Sheesh.

  3. Dooshlarue Says:

    Sounds like more Jameis BS to me. He just says sh!t he thinks he’s supposed to say.
    Mock humility.
    I’m just surprised he didn’t give the obligatory shout out to his boy upstairs….. you know, the guy that forgives you for multiple F-ups?

  4. Joe Blahak Says:

    I remember the podcast and thought how odd it was that Winston was speaking in a low hushed tone and just spewing out cliche after cliche…calculated and reserved to cover something up…much like his claim to being a “leader” and good QB

  5. AlteredEgo Says:

    Yeah….after how many Snooze Control hits ?….

  6. meh Says:

    Cut him.

  7. donuts Says:

    Looks like the NFL has its second off-season PR disaster breaking today…have you seen the pics of LeSean McCoys girl and the post? see nypost. No way he plays ever again.

    In RE Winston being enamored with All Pro QB in year 3…just more signs of him not being mature NFL QB. He has this year to turn around his career or it will be exit stage left.

  8. D-Rome Says:

    Great, candid take from Jameis, but also a little odd for a third-year quarterback. It was as if Jameis acknowledged that he caught himself getting starstruck and recognized that it affected him.

    Joe, do you remember several years ago during the Raheem Morris days when the Packers played the Bucs at the Den of Depression? There was some kind of delay of the game for something not football related and I remember Raheem and a few other offensive players going up to Aaron Rodgers because they were pretty much star struck.

  9. Robert Says:

    just saw that donut…….it’s bad, real bad. and then the talk of beating his son. hello DCF, goodbye NFL.

    at least JW’s boys got rid of the tapes….

  10. donuts Says:

    I remember Raheem and a few other offensive players going up to Aaron Rodgers because they were pretty much star struck.

    How do you know they were not taunting Rodgers with their Youngry smack talk? lol I met Raheem at a U2 concert..he was on the GA floor for a little bit..talk about odd meeting places. lol

  11. 1sparkybuc Says:

    I can understand why some people are hesitant to defend Jameis Winston. What I can’t understand is why other supposed “fans” are so hell bent on attacking him. What’s their motivation? What do they get out of it? It’s one single questionable off field incident. It’s near two and a half years ago with nothing since.. it’s a “he said”, “she said”, with no witness and no video. The attacks would make more sense if there was some evidence to prove he did something wrong. There’s nothing. Who needs trolls when you have “fans” like these? Your complaints here won’t change anything. The Bucs are not going to cut him. He will play well and they will pay him.

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Donuts

    You are 100% correct. Keeping in mind that McCoy is still denying all the accusations I’ll try to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Because if he did that to the girlfriend we won’t be talking about football. We’ll be talking about prison or at least SHOULD be.

    My father was a wife beater. Beat the hell out of my mom until I became a teenager and confronted him physically. Threw me out of the house and my mother followed and finally got away from it. In the 50’s and 60’s there were none of the halfway houses for battered women and to make it even tougher we had priests come to our house and counsel my mother that leaving him would be wrong and bad for we kids. Yeah…I’ll tell you what is bad for the kids…watching that crap and spending your life full of that anger. Men who beat women are scum of the worst kind.

    IF…and again McCoy claims he didn’t…but IF he did…just rip his entire package off
    That picture reveals repeated bashing…not just a punch like Ray Rice.

    BTW Can we please save any comparison to our QB…there is none.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Do I remember this right…….Joe urging the Bucs to bring in LeSean McCoy?

    Surely, I’m mistaken…..

    However the good news is that this will take some of the stink off of Jameis…..

    He beating looks really, really bad…..McCoy should be in jail for sure.

  14. BrianBucs Says:

    Actions speak louder that words, Groper. That is unless you are Lying to cover up your actions.

  15. JMan5 Says:

    He’s full of crap

  16. Dooshlarue Says:

    I noted this earlier in the Sims thread TBBF.
    I remember Joe wanting him pretty badly. Please don’t make things up. –Joe
    Joe knows RBs too!

  17. Robert Says:

    character still counts to some of us.

  18. D-Rome Says:

    What I can’t understand is why other supposed “fans” are so hell bent on attacking him.

    Those “fans” understand that sexual assault is a very serious issue and is not something that should be overlooked because you are (or were) a fan of a player.

    Fans can be the worst sometimes. None of you tolerated hearing Cowboys fans talk about Ezekiel Elliott in a way that painted what he did in a positive light. Oh, but when it’s “your guy” all the excuses come out of the woodwork.

    Personally, I’m not rooting for him to fail. I am looking at this objectively. He sexually assaulted that woman and the NFL found her story to be true. It would have been six games if they didn’t negotiate a deal. Those are the facts. On top of all of that Jameis Winston is not a leader and he’s been a losing QB in the time he has been here. Those are the facts. Of the 32 starting QBs in the league Jameis Winston is *not* a top 16 QB.

    I am a fan of the Buccaneers and not an individual player.

  19. Bucko40 Says:

    This guy is the ultimate sleazy used car salesman. He do anything and say anything to make you buy what he’s selling. If anyone is truly buying his speak anymore they are a true HOMER Bucs fan.

  20. BrianBucs Says:

    Action speak louder than words. Unless you are Lying to cover up those actions.

  21. Robert Says:

    exactly d-rome. and when they put that player as the face of the franchise…….well then that player just cost me a sport I once enjoyed.

    so you’re doubly pissed at said player.

  22. BrianBucs Says:

    Winston should have had a LOT of wakeup calls by now

  23. Destinjohnny Says:

    I couldn’t imagine leaving the kinda money jameis has left on the table

  24. Dooshlarue Says:

    Winston must have given the front desk the wrong room number for them wake up calls!

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    @Jameis … “I really wish we could have [won],” Jameis said of meeting Rodgers in November. Meeting him would have been better. Same with Tom Brady. Beating him would have been way better [than losing on Thursday Night Football].”

    Yup, 2 losses … BOTH could’ve been won with better offensive play (14 pts against the Pats & 20 pts against the Packers). Defense held the Pats to 19 pts & held the Packers to 26 pts. One more TD in each game & we would’ve won. Defenses fault once again in doubt.

  26. Eric Says:

    America’s QB will be back come game four…………..

    In time, all this nonsense over the hassle will be forgotten.

  27. Bucsfanman Says:

    D-Rome- I couldn’t agree more. The Bucs are bigger than ONE player.

  28. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What D-Rome just said.

  29. Walter Seidel Says:

    Glazers got their wake up call. If they want any fans at all, CUT HIS ASS NOW.

  30. Walter Seidel Says:

    And Eric…..sexual assault is NOT a “hassle”. Do you have a daughter?

  31. Eric Says:

    No Walter but I have practiced criminal law for 30 years, and know the definition of sexual assault.

    It’s a hassle as no charges were ever filed, and none sought.

  32. Pickgrin Says:

    Pickgrin Says:
    July 10th, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    “how many times is jbf gonna wash, rinse and REPEAT these golden opportunities for “piling on the QB” between now and the start of TC in 2 1/2 weeks?…. I’m going to set the over/under at 15 between now and TC.”

    There’s #1. 15 to go because I’m betting on the “over”

  33. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Walter

    They will always have a fan in me no matter what.

  34. Bucsfanman Says:

    Walter- Jameis will play for the Bucs this season. While his actions are deplorable, the Glazers have to make a business decision. The TEAM is in position to make some noise and Fitzy is just a place-holder. In the end it’s the TEAM that matters, NOT Jameis Winston.
    And “fans”? Man please, if the Bucs don’t start winning games they won’t need to worry about JW’s presence.

  35. DB55 Says:

    Bucsfan

    What McCoy is accused of is deplorable what Hardy was accused of is deplorable what Big Ben was accused of was deplorable

    What Jameis was accused of was stupid and irresponsible, not the end of the world.

  36. Robert Says:

    ruh roh……weezy left the laptop open

  37. Roy T. Buford Says:

    What’s the date on this interview? Looks to be more than a month old…and that’s fine…just looking for context….I don’t think Winston would be saying the same stuff in the past week or so.

    The man must have a lot of alarm clocks, each one set to go off at a different time so he can always claim he got (another) wake up call.

  38. Eric Says:

    Remember when Namath got all liquored up and tried to kiss the girl during the half time interview?

    This is about on par with that.

  39. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @DB55…I agree…there is a big difference here. Assualt versus assault and bettary. Both are felonies, of course.

  40. Bucsfanman Says:

    DB55- I guess ‘deplorable’ is a little too strong. I would argue semantics, but I agree. It was more immature and stupid, comparatively speaking. Point taken.

  41. TX Bucs fan Says:

    I tend to agree with Eric on this one. What has me curious is the Uber drivers immediate response to what allegedly happened. It has been reported that she stated “What’s up with that?”.

    Strange, to say the least.

  42. D-Rome Says:

    What’s the date on this interview? Looks to be more than a month old…and that’s fine…just looking for context….I don’t think Winston would be saying the same stuff in the past week or so.

    This was part of the Ira Kaufman podcast on an episode one month ago. The actual interview probably took place 2-4 weeks prior so it’s possible these quotes are about two months old. Why are we making things up? Especially with such confidence. The interview is 1 month old and it was recorded 5 days prior. –Joe

  43. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    He’s a super charming villain. He’s very adept at saying what people want to hear. So was Ted Bundy. F*** this guy. Cut him now.

  44. aceinthehole Says:

    I’ll bet that all of those who are saying “character counts” and “Jameis is a liar” support the white man who claimed he was entitled to grab women by the crotch. I guess that when the white guy does it he is “a character”, but when the black man does it he is a criminal.

  45. DB55 Says:

    Roy T

    Has he been charged or arrested? Then in reality it’s nothing! Nothing at all but a bunch of hillbillies talking out of their ass.

  46. Couch Fan Says:

    So let me get this straight.

    Inappropriate touching without evidence, guilty.
    Assault without evidence, lets give him benefit of the doubt.
    Lol.

    This place has become a circle jerk for hypocrits who pretend character is so important to them.

  47. DB55 Says:

    Ace

    It’s so obvious isn’t it?

  48. DB55 Says:

    It’s ONLY important to them when they can bash and insult and discredit a black man.

    New team name:
    Dukes Polite Confdrate Rebels

  49. gman Says:

    As Hugh Culverhouse would say…. Whateva

  50. JameISNOT Says:

    He is garbage on and off the field. Pads his stats only after being way behind due to his poor play earlier in the game. Turnover machine. If he could only hold on to the football as long as he squeezed that crouch….

  51. D-Rome Says:

    Why are we making things up? Especially with such confidence. The interview is 1 month old and it was recorded 5 days prior. –Joe

    Easy, Joe. I have my own podcast (not football related) and when I have a guest often times the interview was recorded a few weeks in advance. Many podcasters do this. I was guessing this may have been the case with you.

    Quite frankly, with all the work you do on JBF it’s remarkable you did the interview, got it edited, and published it in five days with *everything* else you do for the site!

  52. Sc Bucs fan Says:

    DB55 I’m impressed you waited so long to place the race card. A new record for you.

  53. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Good gosh…why do some of you guys always have to inject race into everything? Too funny.

    What’s even funnier is guys still saying there is no evidence. That ship left port weeks ago. Certainly there’s enough in there to have the NFL negotiate it all down to 3 games from 6. No way I can see anyone takes that (if it’s a raw deal, falsly accused, etc) unless there is plenty to it. That is, this may cost Winston millions as is. No need to make it worse by fighting it.

    For “ace in the hole.” Just to be clear, when any guy does it, white or black (since you seem to thing that matters), if carried to the court system, it’s called assault. Just because it’s not in the legal system mean what’s alleged didn’t happen. And the NFL says it did.

  54. Walter Seidel Says:

    Eric, using Namath to defend Winston’s sexual assault is plain stupid and irrelevant. If you practiced law for 30 minutes, much less 30 years, I feel for your client….

  55. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Sc Bucs fan…think DB55 didn’t finish his batch of meth until a little while ago…he’s a little slow today. I’m sure he’ll more than make up for his tardiness.

  56. BrianBucs Says:

    JOE

    With all of America’s Crotchgrabber And Liar’s transgressions and mis
    adventures, nobody has to make anything up as he supplies plenty of fodder.
    And speaking of wakeup calls and actions speaking louder than words, Winston and his fiance were baptized one week before Ubergate happened and he said at that time that he was a changed man.
    Talk is cheap with this guy and you can’t believe anything he says. Just like he lied to his teammates, coaches, management and the Bucs fans.

  57. WestminsterCoBucsFan Says:

    At least jameis is being compared to ted bundy…he was definitely one of the more likable serial killers.

  58. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Keep an eye on news of Fathead Arizona Gm Steve Keim former Forrest Gumps boss ”

    “Drunk was driving on the other side of the road and told the popo he was head of arizona security, and he wouldnt take a physical test because of a bad knee. He said he worked under Sean Mckenzie but he happened to be dead few years ago …LOL”

    “Americas Poster” Kobe Faker

  59. WestminsterCoBucsFan Says:

    …as long as he’s not being compared to Julian Edelman, that guys a groper AND got busted for ped’s

  60. Joe Says:

    Hope many of you realize most of your hate-filled and/or inaccurate posts either don’t make it through the filter or are deleted soon after they post. If you want to continue to wasting your time, feel free.

  61. Pete I Says:

    Jameis America’s Choir Boy who touches women inappropriately and lies, the Turnover Toucher Winston is his own worst enemy.

    What a self inflicted mess the Bucs have.

  62. BrianBucs Says:

    The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth

  63. DB55 Says:

    Culverhouse was probably a racist personally, and certainly operated the team with a plantation mentality. – jbf

    http://www.joebucsfan.com/2011/06/the-optimist-the-greatness-of-culverhouse/
    Even Joe knows…..and the real fans that are still alive haven’t changed.
    You do realize this was a guest column.Joe asks everyone here not to speak for Joe no matter the topic.–Joe

  64. Onetrickpony Says:

    jameis must have gotten his “wake up”
    call from a cuckoo clock.

  65. DB55 Says:

    So joe even if it’s a direct quote from jbf you still won’t allow it past the filters? Lol, okay. I get it.
    Listen, enough already, Joe doesn’t come and take a dump at your house. Every link is filtered. Joe isn’t paid to sit here and approve links all day long.–Joe

  66. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Sexual assault involves some sort of penetration, if not with a penis, at least with a finger. No mention of that was made. No mention of removal of clothing, or even a hand going underneath her clothing. Our president brags about it, gets a pass. Our QB denies it and people here want him hung. Double standard for young black men?

  67. Sweeptheleg Says:

    @db55

    There it is lmao.
    THE RACE CARD!!!

    Lmao pathetic lmao.

    Anyone who doesn’t love and worship Winston is a racist lol.

    You’re pathetic lol.

  68. Sweeptheleg Says:

    If Winston was a gator you FSU fans would be completely on the other side of the argument.

    Whole bunch of hypocrites.

    And DB55 is a racist

  69. DB55 Says:

    Only those born and bred in the south can’t see the obvious.

  70. Bird Says:

    Sweep the leg.

    No question on DB55. Criticize Jameis and you are a racist ! No question about Nole blind love too.

    BWTFDIK!

  71. Dave Pear Says:

    DB55,

    I was born right here in good old F-L-A and trust me, there are a lot of racist on this website.

  72. Dave Pear Says:

    DB55,

    Oh yeah….you might be one of them.

  73. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Hey meh……How many cut him is that for you??????

  74. DB55 Says:

    DP

    If I were I’d be too stupid to disagree with the vitriol. If I were I’d probably hand myself from a tree and save you guys the trouble.

  75. JMan5 Says:

    [Buh-bye. Joe wasn’t joking earlier. Warned you before. – Joe.]

  76. JMan5 Says:

    DP while your head is up there, make sure Jameis liver is ok from all the boozing.

  77. Sweeptheleg Says:

    @db55

    Can’t see the obvious?

    That he continues to put himself in terrible situations?

    Yea it’s someone else’s fault isn’t it?

    Poor mr Winston just bad luck huh?

    You’re pathetic dude. Really.

  78. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Big Ben gets a pass because he’s a proven winner?? Winston is accused of something not nearly as bad, and he must be cut?! What’s wrong with this picture? 10,000,000 Steelers fans must have a screw loose!

  79. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    He will make a great used car salesman! Lmao

  80. Dave Pear Says:

    DB55,

    I love you Bro, but sometimes you do seem to go for that card rather quickly.
    I am personally 100% behind Jameis.
    And FOR SURE there are posters here that have hated him way before he even became a Buc.

  81. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    [Be VERY careful. Only reason you didn’t get bounced was it didn’t deal with a Bucs player. You are on the verge however. – Joe]

  82. Sweeptheleg Says:

    You Noles fans are just hypocrites blindly supporting someone rather than admit he is becoming a mistake. You idiots just can’t bring yourselves to admit the obvious. No way this team is winning more than 6 games anyway.

    He’ll be lucky if the next coaching staff wants anything to do with him.

    But like good noles fans blame it on everyone else. If he was a gator you’d all be singing a different tune.

    Hypocrites

  83. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Who’s giving Big Ben a pass? Who are these people saying Big Ben is above reproach?

    He’s a dirtbag too. Pathetic dirtbag rapist. I haven’t seen anyone defending Big Ben.

  84. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Who’s giving Big Ben a pass?

    He’s a dirtbag too. A rapist. I haven’t seen anyone defending Big Ben. So shut up about Big Ben and stop deflecting.

  85. Dave Pear Says:

    JMan5,

    Aren’t you late for your cross burning?

  86. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I don’t get it Joe. I was defending Winston. Is it because I didn’t say “accused” when referring to Roethlisberger?

  87. Dave Pear Says:

    Pick up Sweeptheleg on your way.

  88. Sweeptheleg Says:

    @davepear

    You better shut your mouth.

    I have supported Winston since the day he was drafted and went out and bought his jersey and screamed his name at games.

    So shut your mouth boy or I’ll shut it for you.

    Anytime anyplace and I bet you won’t keep talking

  89. Dave Pear Says:

    Still here butt munch.
    Name time and place.

  90. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Real tough behind a keyboard.

    Maybe you and the racist DB55 can ride together.

  91. Sweeptheleg Says:

    I’ll have to find a place close to you where EBT is accepted.

  92. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Somebody tell me the difference between Big Ben and Winston without using the word winner.

  93. Dave Pear Says:

    I am petrified by some fake MMA name.
    You are a fake.
    Time and place. Dipstick.

  94. SB Says:

    DB your Racist BS is out of control. Can’t believe I used to respect you more than many posters. Every time you point a finger and call someone a racist remember that three more are pointing back at you.
    You are the perpetuation of racism. Thank yourself.

  95. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    This double standard among sports fans kills me

  96. Sweeptheleg Says:

    MMA name?

    Lmao. Has no idea what my screen name refers too.

    Tells me your young and stupid lmao

  97. Sweeptheleg Says:

    @sb

    What has DB55 ever done that’s respectable?

    Really going out on a limb there.

  98. Joe Says:

    Eric:

    Do not accuse or refer to anyone of or committing felony that has not been convicted of one much less stood in front of a judge. Laws don’t just pertain to someone wearing a certain color jersey.

  99. Dave Pear Says:

    OH…So you are the tough guy from the Karate Kid?
    Ralph Macchio?
    Are you efing kidding me?
    Now i won’t be able to sleep tonight.

  100. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Joe, I though that’s what it was. My mistake.

  101. SB Says:

    Sweeptheleg Says:
    July 10th, 2018 at 7:35 pm
    @sb

    What has DB55 ever done that’s respectable?

    Really going out on a limb there.

    _____________

    I have been coming here for almost 7 years now. Back then he was one of the first commentors I bonded with. He never used to be this asinine with his racism and baseless comments. I am just being honest.

  102. Sweeptheleg Says:

    @SB

    Goes to show just how far these noles fans will go to blindly support their messiah.

  103. SB Says:

    There is no doubt about that Sweep but he is threading racism into Everything that he disagrees with. That is the epitome of a racist.

  104. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    SB, I love you brother, don’t change your stance for anyone. I’ve known you throughout your other names, but the same SB! I’m not one to throw around the race card wildly, but given the current vitriol about our QB, it’s got to be a part of it. Big Bens ACUSATIONS are forgiven, but not Winston’s. Someone give me a reason that doesn’t start with “Big Ben wins”.

  105. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Who’s forgiving Big Ben?

    You keep saying that like everyone is ok with what he did. No one is defending Big Ben.

    And stop deflecting you look weak.

  106. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Accuracy

  107. SB Says:

    Howdy Eric! Good to see you bud! I don’t know who Big Ben is forgiven by. I think he is a POS and wouldn’t even shake his hand. As for JW I am not disgusted by his alleged “action” as much as I am by his deceit and total lack of good judgment that hurt OUR team. What Ben was accused of (and never found guilty of just like JW) is Way worse than JW. JW is guilty of Horrible Judgement on several different levels but I will remain a Supporter as long as he is in a Bucs uniform

  108. SB Says:

    Lol Also Eric, I would have my original username back but Joe won’t let me have it. Heck it can’t even be typed.

  109. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    SB, I agree with you. I’ve wrote this before, but I’ve lived in PA for the last 22 years after moving from FLA. I’ve meet and know hundreds of Steelers fans and never once have I ever heard that Big Ben needs to go. That’s what I meant about forgivenn. I’m not forgiving anything that Winston has been accused of, but Pittsburgh fans want to win, and it appears that many Bucs fans just want choir boys to root for. No one can tell me the difference between Roethlisberger and Winston without talking about winning.

  110. BrianBucs Says:

    Reading all of these posts and comments every day shows just how Polarizing of a figure Winston is and how he and his actions can divide and separate our fanbase.

  111. Bucko40 Says:

    [Bye. — Joe]

  112. SB Says:

    Now I can see your relative closeness to the situation. I understand. I lived in Steubenville OH. back in 95 and 96. I went to almost every Steelers home game as my fiance’s dad was a Foreman at an industrial shelving factory and the Drivers used to bribe him with Tickets to the game to get bumped up in line. He used to give them all to me.
    Pittsburgh is a Totally different football town than Tampa. The atmosphere there at games was electric! I have been to over 120 Bucs home games but most of them were in losing seasons! I left Florida in 00 so I wasn’t actually in the stadium when we were Contenders very often but in Pittsburgh it felt like they were Always in the hunt.

  113. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Big Ben had something else going for him….a Super Bowl.

    I feel pretty sure if Jameis had won a Super Bowl in one of his first three years there would be a totally different reaction from the fans. Not me and not some others here but I just gotta believe if Jameis already had an SB instead of a 50-50 split it would be more like 90-10 in favor of Jameis.

  114. Marc Says:

    The keyboard mafia is out in full force tonight, lmao. Grow up people.

  115. Echase Says:

    Bla, bla, bla. All talk, mariota has won a playoff game, and he just woke up. Amazing…..

  116. BrianBucs Says:

    You also have to remember that Big Ben did not have the red flags, checkered past and history of bad events that Winston has.
    When Ben did what he did it surprised everybody as he always kept his nose clean.
    With Winston, nothing bad or questionable that he would ever do would surprise anybody

  117. Buddy Says:

    Hey Buc Eric 75, You’re last post is “SPOT ON”

    That is the “Truth of The Truth”

    Well Said and my hats off to you

  118. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nobody likes or wants you when…You’re down and Out.

  119. Buddy Says:

    Mariota. Sure what was his “INTERCEPTION to TOUCHDOWN RATIO” last year again? I thought I heard it wrong.

    Can somebody clear it up for me? Because I thought I heard that he ACTUALLY threw more interceptions than touchdowns. That can’t be true can it?

    HOLY COW!

    The AMAZING part “if true” is how well his TEAM carried him! His teammates are really good man! Not so sure about him though (if that’s ACTUALLY true that is)

  120. Buddy Says:

    Seriously, is that true?

  121. Buddy Says:

    I did wait awhile for a response. The silence is defending…..

  122. Walter Seidel Says:

    Hey Joe (where ya going with that…….oh, never mind)…but seriously. The huge division in the fan base cause by Winston is irrefutable. And irreparable. It IS time to move on from this clown.

  123. Walter Seidel Says:

    (and I wished this site had an option to edit posts….I hate leaving typos up)

  124. T REX Says:

    Please do not respond to DB55. Ignore the troll.

  125. Buccfan37 Says:

    Winning softens most negativity when it comes to pro football fan support, just win a few more than your share of games and the angst will go away. The future does not reflect the past always, that is enough to hold out hope for the Bucs and our QB this upcoming season, that’s what fans do despite the distractions. This Winston distraction has been dragged through the mud ad nauseam now entering upchuck territory. Winning is the universal cure in sports, fan egos are boosted and superficial weight is lifted from our sboulders. Go Bucs!

  126. Bobby Says:

    Look, what happened with Winston was 2 years ago. He was
    drunk which is no excuse but it is a fact. If he’s eliminated alcohol from his life he may have turned a corner. He’s been squeaky clean for 2+ yrs now. My concern is more with his play making decisions than his off field decisions. He has the ability to be an elite QB but so far his consistancy just isn’t there. He’s like a pitcher who comes into the game with no warm up. By the time he gets going we’re usually behind. I’m not condoning what he did but it’s just strike 1 at Tampa Bay. I’m constantly reading from posters here how GMC should be more like Sapp. If Winston performs on the field my guess is all will be forgiven. Just ask big Ben at Pittsburg.