Before Jameis Winston speaks to the media at ACC Media Days later this month, the Florida State quarterback spend part of his offseason working at the Manning Passing Academy where the Seminoles star signal-caller hopes to be mentioned in the same class as the Manning’s.
Winston has all the physical traits of a Peyton Manning after winning a Heisman Trophy and BCS National Championship in his first season, two things Manning was unable to accomplish in four seasons at Tennessee, but it’s off the field where Winston has to make a considerable change to mentioned in the same breath as Peyton, Eli Manning or father Archie Manning.
“I’m an observer,” Winston told reporters, “so I just observe the way (Peyton) does things. He’s so detail-oriented. And how he carries himself — I’m really trying to see how he carries himself because I want to be the guy 10, 15 years from now that’s viewed like a Peyton Manning or an Eli or an Archie.”
Winston should benefit from being around talent like Peyton and the other quarterbacks in attendance for the camp as he can watch them go about their business and see how work with others, treat people and work off-the-field to see results on the football field on Saturdays and eventually on Sundays in the NFL.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher agrees.
“I think you learn any time you’re around greatness,” Jimbo Fisher tells USA Today. “You pick up so many little things, subtle things that other people may not even recognize. Any time you have that opportunity, you’ve got to take advantage of it. Any time you’re around people of that stature, it’s incredibly important to be able to learn from them.”
Peyton is certainly quarterback that many quarterbacks around college, high school and the NFL are emulating as he’s one of the greatest to ever play the position.
It’s a long way to go for Winston to be mentioned in that same class as the four-time MVP, but this summer could be the offseason that transforms Winston from a young and immature talent into a mature and dedicated leader.