Jameis Talks Spiritual Growth, Living The Wrong Way, Life Changes & More

April 8th, 2019

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, talking about his spiritual life recently for a religious-based podcast, and it published today.

The Spectrum Sports Podcast (not that Spectrum) is all about talking to athletes about their journey in Christianity.

There were some noteworthy nuggets.

First, Jameis said he draws comfort that his new QB coach, Clyde Christensen, is a man of deep faith and they have talked about their religious journeys together. Also, Jameis explained how he became a Born Again Christian in Nov. 2014, and two years ago he hired a life coach, an old friend, to hold him accountable not in his day-to-day actions but on a broader level with God.

Below, Joe typed up a telling and introspective take my Jameis.

“I’ve been through ups and downs but one thing about me is that I always knew my identity wasn’t in football, that it wasn’t in baseball, I knew that my identity always has been in Christ,” Jameis said. “Just my upbringing has always led me to have a tremendous faith that God was going to see me through, and that he would not give me too much that I couldn’t bear. So I’ve always had that solid foundation of whose child I really was. No matter who my parents were and no matter who my father was, I knew who was my Savior and I knew who I was in his kingdom. So that always just instilled in me a great confidence. But actually living by the word, instead of, you know, knowing of the word has really been a great change in not only the way that I live really the way that I carry myself.

“Just growing up, you know, I was always was a guy that wanted to be liked, that wanted to be like everyone else, not really understanding that the platform that I had was different than others’. Not really understanding that God expects more from his leaders than he does of people that are not really committed to him. So being raised up like that, being raised with that foundation, I got to see really quickly that living the wrong way was really not working out for me.”

Interesting opening up from Jameis, who was very relaxed during the interview.

Later asked to name the greatest lesson he’s learned in the NFL, Jameis advised all young people to make God their source and to find a person to guide them closely and be invested in them fully. Jameis said in his first year in the NFL he “was trying to do this thing by myself.”

Joe’s glad Jameis is feeling great about his place in the world, spiritually and otherwise. That can only help him on the field, and Joe’s all about the football on these pages.

Inner peace, clear direction and great personal guidance is fantastic if it cuts the turnovers.

Another interesting nugget, Jameis went on to talk about how Gerald McCoy last year lamented how players weren’t showing up in good numbers to the bible study he led at One Buc Palace. So Jameis suggested it be brought into the locker room and, he said, it was successful. Jameis said it was good for teammates to see that team leaders don’t have all the answers.

Being a quarterback off the field is very important, Jameis said.

83 Responses to “Jameis Talks Spiritual Growth, Living The Wrong Way, Life Changes & More”

  1. BuccOff Says:

    Don’t think all this has anything to do with whether or not the opposing Safety/CB catches the ball instead of our intended receiver….

  2. DB55 Says:


    If you don’t get married son imma slide into ms brezzy’s dms. Ijs bruh wtf are you waiting for? Get it together son. In j’s name I say A men.

  3. Cgmaster27 Says:

    Buccoff, I dont remember the Joe’s asking you which articles to write.

  4. BetterBucFan Says:

    “Later asked what his greatest lesson was that he learned in the NFL, he advised all young people to make God their source and that having a person to guide them closely and be invested in them fully. Jameis said in his first year in the NFL he ‘was trying to do this thing by myself.'”

    Interestingly enough that was the year he made the Pro Bowl… Soooooo…

  5. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Poor Jameis looks like a “walker” in that picture (from Walking Dead).

    Cmon JOE!!! LOL, pick a better picture!

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    whatever it takes Jameis whatever it takes….. just win everything else is irrelevant.

    you bucfans and the hard-ons for meaningless pro bowls makes me laugh every time. i guess when you own the worst winning percentage in pro sports you have to hang on to something

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Even God covered his eyes when Jameis threw Djax’s way.

  8. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Interesting that he admits that he really wanted to be liked. He’ll have to learn that leadership means not everyone will like you or the way you do things, but as long as you do the right thing, you’ll at least get the respect a leader needs to be successful and effective.

  9. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Was just kidding about the pic…

    I definitely appreciate the soul searching that Jameis has done, and I have always believed in the kid.

    There is a difference between a bad person and a good person who has made some bad decisions. He is a good person. He will prove it for the rest of his life, and I have no doubt. Hopefully it will remain here in Tampa Bay.

  10. AlteredEgo Says:

    Hopefully his football growth will exceed his spiritual growth….Oh…I forgot…”there ain’t no hope in football “

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… sick of it from this guy. Win! Perform at a high level or your fired. We need a solid performance at QB if this team has even a snowballs chance in hell…

  12. SCBucsFan Says:

    He found religion. He knew it wasn’t between the uber drivers legs, he checked real well there.

  13. Alanbucsfan Says:

    You can’t win in the NFL without decent D and running game.
    That’s on coaches and GM

  14. Don_RyJo Says:

    Good for Jameis. A little perspective can do wonders.

  15. D-Rome Says:

    I am no longer a practicing Christian after being one for a couple of decades. Jay-Miss should know that drunkenness, debauchery, lewd behavior, assault, having a child out of wedlock, and lying are all considered sins in the Christian faith. No one is perfect, but repeatedly making decisions that are anti-Christian makes me believe his faith is a PR sham. It’s better for him to admit publicly that he’s a d-bag than to go on a Christian podcast to talk about his faith.

  16. donuts Says:

    I agree with the Blah blah blah….. None of this matters one bit on Sunday. If Winston wants that second contract he better reach out to his QB guru and get to work…..thats the only thing that will “save” his career.

  17. T REX Says:

    More lip service…how many times has he said he’s learned from XYZ. Tampa should be called excuse city. He’s one of the most unlikable players in the NFL. Totally unmarketable. Maybe we’ll draft a QB so we can finally move on.

  18. SCBucsFan Says:

    Not true T Rex. Mons Venus could use JW to shill for them. He’s marketable in the right market.

  19. Onetrickpony Says:

    Yada yada yada
    Blah blah blah
    So what’s new?

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    Right of of Cliff Notes “How to get early release from probation”….It is all about on field chances now Jameis….you are all out of off field chances with the NFL

  21. pick6 Says:

    his life off the field has not been a problem now for 36 months (the incident in arizona in March 2016). if he shores up his game on the field, he can get back on the path to being what he and bucs fans hoped he could be. if he feels this is his path to success, so be it. i hope this is his path to becoming brett favre (who is remembered for great play and an imperfect life off the field that required him to rebound from personal flaws) and not his path to becoming josh mccown (a guy who never became anybody’s long term answer and came to view his journeyman status as a missionary opportunity)

  22. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    So he was born again then grabbed the Uber driver? Or I mean he “hassled” her?

    He might have to go back to that church or get his money back

  23. Billy_43 Says:

    @ D-Rome
    Christianity has NOTHING to do with whether you “Practice” it or not LOL.
    True Faith isn’t an ON/OFF switch.
    Either you believe that Jesus died for our sins and are SAVED or you aren’t and go to HELL.

    Talk about a SHAM.
    Then you call HIM a D-Bag? He throws interceptions. He doesn’t beat up your boyfriend!!

    At least try to do research about the Christian faith before you “Claim” to have practiced it.

    If you had, you would know Forgiveness is the basis of the entire deal!!!!
    Somehow, you seem mortally injured!!!!

  24. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Wasn’t The Good Reverend Jameis in Arizona getting baptised with his baby momma?

    Nothing like a good baptism to make you wanna got to the club, get ripped
    And “hassle” an uber driver….ijs.

  25. Bojim Says:

    Good for you Jameis.

  26. D-Rome Says:

    True Faith isn’t an ON/OFF switch.

    That was my point. For Jay-Miss, it’s an On/Off switch. He turns it off, does what he wants, and then wants forgiveness and second chances when his sin has found him out. That is not what being a Christian is all about.

    It would have been easier for you to admit you’re an FSU fan than to excuse Jay-Miss. I’ll forgive you for being an FSU fan.

  27. VA Tom Says:

    I know guys who have had very successful jobs who have chosen to follow the path when they feel the word calls them. I certainly don’t feel that being a Christian or being reborn is anything wrong. But if I was a GM or someone looking to trade for Jameis I would be very careful. Smf that concerns me for the Bucs future. Just knowing that the guy is deeply Christian and almost sounds like he could take a step towards being a preacher and life coach himself at some point I’d be worried that after he made his money and his family was taken care of he would just walk away from the game.

  28. VA Tom Says:

    Something not smf

  29. tmaxcon Says:


    I trust dancers from mons venus alone with children before i would leaders of your cult.

    Jameis has been a victim of a pc culture gone crazy

  30. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Alanbucsfan Says:
    April 8th, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    You can’t win in the NFL without decent D and running game.


    Now I lay me down to sleep….I pray for a running game and a defense that won’t get burned deep.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    I applaud Jameis for doing that ‘religious-based podcast’ to explain his spiritual journey and also you Joe for publishing this piece. Enjoyed listening to the podcast. It sounds like these past 5 years have helped Jameis gain perspective about what’s REALLY important in life. Having kids certainly does make a difference in most men’s lives.

  32. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Nick Foles is a guy that has been the same since his college days and in the pros as far as being devoted and continually sharing whenever he gets a chance another is case keenum, seems the ones that aren’t out there telling people they are born again are the real deal. I hope jameis is doing this for real and it is not fake just to get out of an NFL mandated be good to stay in the league…..just win some games jameis

  33. Marine Buc Says:

    Joe – stop being a punk. Moderation of my messages is BS. You have never blocked a single message of mine. Knock it off!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    If you have done something bad or wrong….

    and you DO NOT want to make yourself a better person from it….
    than you are just a BAD PERSON.

    It’s really that simple.
    That’s really all one can if they truly desire to be GOOD.

    Some don’t. I believe he does.

  35. Marine Buc Says:

    Or ELSE!!!!!!!!!

  36. Marine Buc Says:

    Can I speak now?

  37. Marine Buc Says:

    Cool. Thanks Joe. I appreciate you not blocking my messages.

  38. BrianBucs Says:

    Talk and PR are cheap and plentiful.
    I really do hope that Winston is serious about what he said, being a spiritual leader on and off of the field.
    However, I have concerns about it since he groped the female Uber driver one week after he and his fiance were baptized then spent the next two years lying about it.
    Maybe Winston has learned a hard lesson. At this point I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
    Alright Mr. Winton, you have talked the talk, now walk the walk.

  39. Jim Says:

    Oh, I donno man,..this is getting weird.

  40. Marine Buc Says:

    We are the Cleveland Browns of the South. We are the Washington Generals playing against the Harlem Globe Trotters…

  41. Marine Buc Says:

    I hope BA can turn this busted a$$ pirate ship around.

  42. Nick Says:


    I see why you got out of the faith. I would hate to have to live up to your judgmental finger.

    Just so we are clear, JW is exactly the type of person Christ died for. If you happen to find someone without sin please let us know. Thank God Jesus settled the SIN issue over 2000 years ago.

    Maybe you would still be a Christian if you would have read the book!

  43. csidedave Says:

    To me he had a clean slate coming out of college but that was erased by the Uber incident which turned out to be right after has was baptized. Makes me not believe any commitment that he makes. The incident was 3 years ago but the lies were last year. I hope he proves me wrong but I don’t need him to be a role model.

    Honestly I wish he would just be his true self in his personal and professional life and just play. Stop worrying about what others think and stop worrying about the interceptions. Trust your instincts, let it rip and lets see what happens. He cannot succeed by trying not to make mistakes. It may be a disaster but I don’t think he can succeed any other way.

  44. Defense Rules Says:

    @D-Rome … For Jay-Miss, it’s an On/Off switch”. Thought-provoking comment D-Rome, but I tend to think we’re all like that at various times in our lives, regardless of which religious path we choose. Life happens – and we deal with it. Sometimes it’s pretty but sometimes it gets UGLY. But perhaps (?) “forgiveness & second chances” is exactly what being a Christian is all about. If not for that, things could get REALLY REALLY UGLY once our walk here is finished.

    Two bumper stickers that I get tickled by. One says “If you live your life as if there is no God, you’d better be right”. The other? “Jesus loves you … but I’m His favorite”.

  45. Bucsfanman Says:

    I don’t know about anybody else but, I’m always a bit “put off” when religion seeps into sports.
    THE GOLDEN RULE! Just be a good person. Is that so difficult?!
    Use whatever inspiration you need, just don’t hide behind it when you do wrong.

  46. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    I could have sworn he got married at some point over the past year. I think I remember him saying he went on a honeymoon.

    I could be wrong though.

  47. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^ I hear ya on that, Bucsfanman.
    To be fair, JW wasn’t really trying to speak to the football fans though.
    He was addressing a Christian Podcast.

  48. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bucsfanman, religion has been a part of sports since the beginning of sports.

    Heck, the Olympics were first held to honor Greek gods.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Or named after the home of them anyway.

  50. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Bucsfann

    I agree. It is just a PR stunt put in action by his agent. Nobody in their right mind gives two craps what this cat says to the press anymore. Put it on the field when it counts and we will love the heck out of you… we loved Doug Williams and he wasn’t all that great. Come on man!!! Stop with this BS and just win!!!

  51. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ He wasn’t speaking to the press, Marine Buc, LOL.
    But I understand what you are saying about just wanting to see him win on the field. We ALL want that!

  52. destinjohnny Says:

    bro I want you to talk being more accurate and processing your reads better.
    Jason now get this man a running game and an offensive line cause he damn sure doesn’t have either now.

  53. Mort Says:

    I don’t care if he is a Christian, I care if he plays well and is a respectable man off the field. Do those and you’ve got my support. This year is make or break. I believe in Jameis – I bought the jersey this offseason. Let’s go.

  54. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    As one of the bigger “anit-Jameis” people on this site (and I’ll admit, my vehemence has been unwavering), I’m gonna give Winston a break here. This is about the best thing I’ve heard from him……..ever. Bash religion all you want, but if he’s true to his words, this is a very good thing. But I still want the Bucs to draft a QB.

  55. JA Says:

    I don’t care if he believes in Russell’s Celestial Teapot, if he plays this year like he finished last, he’ll be fine.
    Whatever works!

  56. Destinjohnny Says:

    PS. I’m stoked that jameis is taking the path he his taking with religion.
    It’s nearly impossible to be black and grow up in the south and not be all about
    The book man.
    There are some strong grandmothers out there.

  57. Robert Says:

    “that he would not give me too much that I couldn’t bare”


  58. Not there yet Says:

    Same pathetic losers on here taking shots at someone more successful and better off than they are. It’s the 500 lb man on the couch trolling Winston no matter what positive steps he takes.

    Football is brutal especially dealing with fans like this, imperfection and age. Life is more important than whether or not any of you like the player or not. When you step up to the counter to order your happy meal I doubt the person in that profession cares if you like them either. Only Geraldine cares about criticism from psychotic fans

  59. Cobraboy Says:

    If he stops the turnovers, dumbass decisions and can hit the deep ball, I don’t care if he’s a heathen…

  60. Clodhopper Says:

    Yeah but what does he as a Christian think about the male cheerleader?

  61. Bird Says:

    Good for him !

    Now let’s play ball

  62. Mike Johnson Says:

    Joe, I’ve noticed you always seem tp present pictures of Jameis either looking a little stupid, crazy or comical. You’ve done this on a..plethera of articles. Do better man. I mean whats up with that?

  63. Buc1987 Says:

    Defense Rules…my favorite bumber stricker of all time is….”Jesus Loves You…Everyone Else Thinks You’re An As*hole.”

  64. Dom>Licht Says:

    Religion! That makes sense with all the sexual abuse going on in the churches he fits right in.

  65. Dom>Licht Says:

    Of course moderation

  66. passthebuc Says:

    give me a break

  67. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Thank You Jesus!!! Accepting Jesus and living forever is the only thing that matters Not silly football it’s just A game! And really doesn’t mean anything!

  68. Eric Says:

    I think this man is making 20 million this year.

    To put in perspective for our JBF audience, that’s about 2000 double wides.

    Go Jameis. True bucs fans have your back.

  69. AlteredEgo Says:

    17 days…..

  70. JA Says:


    Well said!

  71. volbuc1 Says:

    Amen Jameis!!

  72. DB55 Says:


    He proposed but they haven’t gotten married yet.

    I think Breezy Boo is an exceptional young lady. Educated at an Ivy League school in fact Rice U is ranked ahead of Princeton and Cornell. She’s arguably the best athlete in the house and she’s absolutely stunning (imo) with a respect due.

    So yea, I’d be running down the aisle but wtfdik

  73. SenileSenior Says:

    @ Billy_43 April 8th, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    If you don’t live the values of love that Jesus preached and practiced in order serve as an example you are in for a big shock when you die. Faith alone without living a minimally Christian life is a fundamental distortion of the truth. Christian morals and ethical practices are not meaningless after thoughts having nothing to do with any kind of salvation. If you are spiritually dead inside all of the ranting and raving using Jesus name will be to no avail.

  74. DBS Says:

    What ever floats your boat.

  75. Echase Says:

    Bla bla bla, that isn’t why your inaccurate.

  76. Walter Says:


  77. Dan Says:

    See when you have a loosing team and your owners and G M are ok loosing this is all there is to talk about. We should ask why we have to suffer watching this guy toss ints for a fifth straight year. Painful

  78. Isaac haggins Says:

    The more the man talks about the man the less I tend to trust/ believe the man !!

    About on par with over stating of My Friend , My Friend by Man I don’t really know !!

  79. Tc Says:

    In the end football is just a game.

  80. sincethebeginning Says:

    Jameis is going about trying to rebuild his character, good for him, and his PR team is obviously earning their nickel. Do we want Tim Tebow out there, though? Or do we want Tom Brady? On the football field we need more lions and less lambs, and that’s got to start with a QB who is a cold blooded assassin.

    I am more worried than ever about our quarterback now, honestly. Is his aggressive attacking style of play going to decline as he moves more deeply into this introspective humility trip? Can he play with that fire and edge?

    I’ll be honest, every single one of the true Christians that I ever played with made it “God’s will” whether they won or lost — so you ended up with a teammate who didn’t have that fire in his belly to win, who didn’t hate to lose. And that means your team’s about to suck. Especially if that player is a leader.

  81. Jeffbuc Says:

    Jameis will never be able to live down his past. Pro football has this same story. And every comment is negative. Crab legs this and he has changed until he gets another hot Uber driver.

  82. BucsFIRE Says:

    ^ Good to know that you are perfect, Jeff, with no mistakes. Nicely done.

  83. Owlykat Says:

    When Philly Won the Super Bowl, their owner, their Coach, and top Player all thanked the Lord in their speeches. The Coach of the Virginia Cavaliers Championship Basketball Team last night professed his thanks to his Lord and Savior. When the Bucs turned the corner to a winning culture under Coach Dungy he created a team that prayed together and many became members of the Christian Athletes Association, and you see its members pray together with members from the opposing team on the field after games accross the NFL. So Jameis espousing his Faith is a good thing; not a bad thing. It goes hand in hand with winning. Another example is Clemson’s Coach thanking the Lord after winning the College Football National Championship.