Before he was a two-sport star with the Florida State Seminoles and leading the football team an undefeated record en route to the last BCS National Championship and a Heisman Trophy, Jameis Winston was the big man on campus at Hueytown high school in Alabama.
In a move that seemed like a foregone conclusion two years ago, Winston will have his old No. 8 jersey retired later this summer. The specific date for this ceremony is still to be determined because of Winston’s hectic schedule now that the baseball season is in full bloom.
“He sort of has a publicist on staff at Florida State who handles his schedule,” Hueytown coach Mark Stephens tells AL.com. “Him playing football and baseball makes it tough. I spoke with that gentleman a little over a month ago and he said that Jameis has had one weekend off since football started last fall. But we’re going to get it done.”
With Florida State’s baseball team ranked as the top team in the nation according to Baseball America, the Seminoles could potentially land the elusive College World Series title this year which runs through June 25th.
If that’s the case, then the retirement ceremony will have to wait into July, which will still be plenty of time before Winston will begin preparation for his title and Heisman defense.
Winston was the nation’s No. 1 ranked quarterback out of Hueytown and a top MLB prospect in addition to being one the top students in his class in 2012.
It shouldn’t be much longer until Florida State follows suit and retires his jersey as well, perhaps in both football and baseball.