Jameis Winston is quickly becoming the whitest black quarterback in the NFL. He went from making headlines on a daily basis, to quietly winning six games as a rookie, to a quiet offseason where he hasn’t made headlines, to OPENING AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR HIS LABRADOODLE!
This is one of the most incredible transformations in NFL history. The guy is 22, losing weight during the offseason and acting like he’s 35. Winston’s teammate Johnthan Banks even said recently that Jameis is “going to be one of those Peyton Manning-type guys.”
The dog, Princess Tootsie, seems to be just another facet of the Jameis transformation. And Jameis seems to even be settling into the celibate life with girlfriend Breion Allen.
I ran into Jameis at the Madden Bowl in San Francisco before the Super Bowl. That was where he ran into some famous Pom and I took this photo. At the time I had no idea the guy was into dogs.
As for his teammates being shocked by his weight loss, Jameis gave a Peyton-esque answer:
“As a quarterback, you have to show these guys that you’re working,” Winston said. “I didn’t want to come back and have them say, ‘Oh, Jameis looks the exact same.’ I had to give them something to talk about, right?”