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Ever since its commencement, football has produced a good number of legends who have a made marks for themselves in the oval leather game. Jameis Winston is one American footballer who has contributed so much to the world of football and will continue to do so until he bids the interesting game goodbye.
Touted as one of NFL’s most valued player, Winston began his professional career in the year 2015. But before then, he represented his high school and college in several football competitions, amassing a good number of accolades and winning the hearts of many with his on-field skills.
Jameis Winston Bio, Age
The Tampa Bay Buccanneers quarterback was born to Antonor Winston and Loretta Winston on the 6th day of January 1996. His birthplace is Bessemer, in Alamaba, in the United States while his zodiac sign is Capricorn.
Born into a family with a sports background, his dad is a retired footballer who played cornerback for Michigan State, he equally was a good basketballer who also participated in track events. His mom was a runner famed for defeating Vonetta Flowers in a school race. The couple being athletes have been very supportive of their son’s career right from day one.
Jameis was raised in Alabama along with his younger brother called Jonah Winston. Like his older brother, Jonah is athletically talented as well. He has already started showing his skills in football, basketball, and baseball, proving that athletic talents run through the Winston bloodline.
The Alamaba-born star had his high school education at Hueytown High School where he was a member of the school’s baseball and football teams. While his stint lasted, he put up impressive performances for his school as well winning several competitions, including a state championship in his junior year. The footballer, to date, is rated by Rivals.com as the best dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation. He holds the record as the Gatorade Player of the Year, the best overall quarterback recruit by ESPN as well the MVP of the ESPN RISE Elite eleven quarterback camp.
Jameis Winston began his college education on February 3, 2012, at the Florida State University. In the same year, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft but he declined to finalize the deal with the American baseball team.
The Buccaneers No. 3 jersey man began his career at Florida State as a quarterback. He made his first college appearance for the football team against the University of Pittsburgh. He finished the game with a rushing touchdown 14-17, four passing touchdowns and also completed 25 of 27 passes in the game.
Jameis extended his brilliant performance in the year 2013, earning several accolades, including the ACC player of the Year, the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award, among others. In the same year, the NFL star emerged the winner of the Heisman Trophy, becoming the youngest (19 years and 342 days) and the second freshman to walk home with the coveted award.
His 2014 season wasn’t bad as well as it opened up opportunities for him to excel the more in the football league. He completed the season with 25 touchdowns, 3,907 passing yards and won the sixth place in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The footballer joined the 2015 NFL Draft at the end of the 2014 season, finishing his robust career with 28 interceptions and 65 touchdowns. He also completed 562 of 851 passes for 7,964 yards as well as 26–1 as a starter. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the number one pick in the first round of the 2015 football draft. He later signed a four-year deal worth $23.35 million (along with a signing bonus worth $16.7 million) with the football team. As detailed in his contract documents, Winston was prevented from featuring in any other sports except football.
He made his professional debut against Tennessee Titans and completed his rookie season with 4,042 passing yards, recording over 4,000 pass yards. He also featured in the 2016 Pro Bowl; standing out as the first rookie quarterback in Buccaneers’ history to play in the game.
Antonor’s son completed his 2017 season at Buccaneers with 11 interceptions, 19 touchdowns, and 3,504 passing yards. The team, on April 17, 2018, extended his contract to five years.
Wife and Girlfriend
Jameis Winston is not married yet but he is currently engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Breion Allen. The NFL quarterback player popped the question at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 19, 2018, the same day the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place.
Allen has been with Winston through thick and thin. The two attended Birmingham-area high school and have been together way before the footballer became popular.
Jameis’s girlfriend is an athlete in her own right. She also has two relatives who are football stars as well. The couple announced in May that they are expecting their first child together.
In 2017, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player earned an annual salary estimated to be $6,337,819. His annual base salary in 2018 is put at $705,000 and he is expected to earn a whopping $20.9 million in 2019.
His Height & Weight
With a height of 6 feet 4 (1.93 meters) inches and a body weight measured to be 105 kilograms (231 lb), it is very safe to say that Jameis Winston is blessed with a physique that befits his career. In fact, many consider his well-formed body structure as an advantage to his flourishing career.