Back in the year 2011, Jameis Winston wasn’t a Heisman Trophy winner. He wasn’t someone who had accumulated countless Player of the Week awards, he wasn’t someone who had thrown for over 3,800 yards in the ACC.
Heck, Winston wasn’t even officially enrolled in Florida State University yet.
No, back in 2011, Winston was just considered among the elite high school quarterbacks in the nation as he attended the prestigious Elite 11 QB Camp.
As we all know, that competition is run by former NFL quarterback, now ESPN analyst, Trent Dilfer.
Back in the 2011 competition–which Winston ultimately won–Dilfer had a sit-down with the future FSU star in which he basically foreshadowed that his young protege would go on to do great things some day, which he has.
But as great as that prediction was from Dilfer, another he made in that sit-down is even more remarkable.
Basically, Dilfer tells Winston how, despite all of his raw talents, he may be put into a situation like he was on Monday night against the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game with his back against the wall.
This speech that he gives Winston is about as close to an eerie prediction as you can possibly get.
Who knows? Maybe Winston had this stuck in the back of his head as he led that final 80-yard drive with under two minutes left in the game to clinch FSU their third national championship in school history.