FSU QB Jameis Winston: I’m a Good Guy

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston insists he’s a “good guy.”

“People always can bring up old things but now I’m doing what I do,” Winston told reporters at a Sunday press conference. “I’m a loving person — I’m loving my teammates. I’m dependable. I’m accountable. I can’t show out to the world that I’m that guy because you’re not in the locker room and a lot of people don’t know me for who I am.”

Winston’s Seminoles take on Marcus Mariota’s Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day in a game showcasing the likely first picks of the NFL’s 2015 Draft. The victor plays the winner of Ohio State-Alabama for the national championship. And the winning quarterback will likely find himself under the microscope of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Winston hasn’t lost a game in two seasons as Florida State’s starting QB. He hasn’t won a public relations break.

Though a state attorney declined to prosecute him and a retired state judge overseeing an FSU code of conduct hearing cleared him, Winston remains a reviled figure because of a rape accusation made against him by a former Florida State student. Store security capturing him heisting crab legs earlier this year, a BB-gun war his freshman year leaving thousands of dollars in broken windows and damaged property, and an incident this season in which last year’s Heisman winner loudly repeated a vulgar catchphrase involving a word that rhymes with truck and another name for a cat have combined to sully Winston’s reputation.

And given the NFL’s public relations problems with Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, and other star players, the sophomoric red-shirt sophomore’s public relations problems may hurt him come draft day. Particularly when juxtaposed with Mariota, a humble–meek almost–dual pass-run threat, Winston looks good for the part of the bad boy.

“Perception is reality,” Winston concedes. “But perceptions can also be false.”

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