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Jameis Winston responds to critics of way he speaks

Jameis Winston postgameJameis Winston on Tuesday did the most tweeting he had done since August, before the college football season began. What was his first item of business after winning the national title? Sticking it to his haters.

Winston also sent this tweet in response to everyone (such as myself) who criticized the way he talks or his speeches:

Yes, yes they are national champions, and yes Winston led them to victory. I still don’t like him as a speaker though. But that doesn’t matter so long as he’s an excellent leader on the field, which it seems like he is.

Jameis Winston postgame speech – inspirational or confusing? (Video)

Jameis Winston postgameJameis Winston put together a heck of a fourth quarter to lead Florida State to the national championship over Auburn 34-31 on Monday.

After starting off the game shaky, Winston finished 20-of-35 for 237 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw for both TDs in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left. Winston really put together a heck of a close to the game to show everyone why he was the deserving Heisman Trophy winner.

But Jameis turned as many heads with his speech after the game as he did with his play during the game.

Winston spoke with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and shared the emotional message he gave his teammates on the final drive. Though notable athletes like Reggie Bush and LeBron James enjoyed the speech, others, like myself, found it confusing.

Another knock for me — and this is just personal taste — when a player references religion as much as Winston did, I’m turned off.

[Related: AJ McCarron's mom asks if Jameis Winston is speaking English]

Many people noted that Winston sounded a lot like Ray Lewis with his speech, and he did. Some people balk at religious speeches while others embrace them. In the end, all that matters is that whatever Winston did or said on the field worked, because he walked away as the champion. Congratulations to him and Florida State.

AJ McCarron’s mom asks on Twitter if Jameis Winston is speaking English

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A.J. McCarron’s mother Dee Dee Bonner is in some hot water for a tweet she sent during Jameis Winston’s postgame speech after the BCS National Championship Game.

“Am I listening to English?” Bonner asked over Twitter.

She quickly deleted the tweet, but it was captured by many people on Twitter.

Dee Dee Bonner tweet Jameis Winston

In response to Winston’s postgame speech, I retweeted a tweet and said the speech was “brutal.”

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Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston embrace after winning national championship

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Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston shared a beautiful embrace after Florida State won the BCS National Championship on Monday night by beating Auburn 34-31.

The game was a thriller, with the lead changing three times in the final five minutes. Florida State proved to be the best team in the country by pulling out the victory, and this image may be the best one from the outstanding game.

Photo via @cjzero

Jameis Winston girlfriend, rape case, and everything you need to know about him

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston is the headline player in the BCS National Championship Game between Florida State and Auburn. He won the Heisman Trophy this season, the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and he was voted AP Player of the Year. He has Florida State 13-0 and looking to become recognized as one of the best college teams ever (a notion I laugh at) if he can pull off the win over Auburn. He’s also one of the more controversial players starring in a national title game in recent memory.

Winston turned 20 on Monday, the day of the national title game. He was 19 when he won the Heisman Trophy, making him the youngest Heisman winner ever and second freshman to win the award. The only other freshman to win the Heisman is Johnny Manziel, who won it last season. The two young quarterbacks have actually become close, with Winston seeking advice from Manziel on dealing with distractions, and Johnny Football expressing his support for FSU.

But the off-field distractions for each player have been much different.

Winston has been at Florida State for two years. Last year, he redshirted behind star quarterback E.J. Manuel, who later became the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL draft. Though Winston didn’t play football last season, he played baseball for the Seminoles as a true freshman.

A pitcher and outfielder, Winston was drafted in the 15th round of the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers in 2012, but he elected to go to college. He played in 41 games last season, starting 32: 20 as a right fielder, 2 as a left fielder, and 10 as a DH. He batted .235 with 9 RBIs. He made 17 appearances as a reliever, going 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. The point is that Winston was an athlete on campus in the 2012-2013 school year, but not a star when he first was investigated for an alleged sexual assault.

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Jameis Winston sought advice from Johnny Manziel on dealing with off-field distractions

Jameis-Winston-Johnny-ManzielJameis Winston and Johnny Manziel have some very obvious things in common. They are both college quarterbacks who won the Heisman Trophy, but there is more to it than that. Like Manziel, Winston has had to deal with a lot of distractions that have nothing to do with the game of football.

On Friday, Winston told reporters that he sought advice from Manziel when the two met during awards week in December.

“He just told me to stay myself,” Winston said, via Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday. “When you think about the things that Johnny went through and then you see the things that he does on the field, it makes you forget about the things that’s happening, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to make football be my getaway, and that’s what he’s done a great job of.”

For what it’s worth, the one big distraction Winston had to deal with was a lot more serious than stuff like Manziel flashing money at the casino and reportedly being sent home from a passing camp because he was out drinking the night before. Winston was accused of rape, though no charges were filed against him following an investigation.

“One thing that Johnny did is he set a standard for himself. He’s more focused on himself, more focused on the things that he do,” Winston said. “That’s why the guy went 30 for 38 against Duke and just ripped them apart and basically won that game by himself. That’s why every day I come out here to play with my Seminoles because I know we’re going to go out there and fight, we’re going to control our own destiny and we don’t care about nothing else that’s going on outside of this football team.”

Winston’s play never really slipped during the rape investigation, so he has obviously done a tremendous job of remaining focused. If Manziel is part of the reason for that, I guess Seminoles fans should be grateful.

Photo via Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Jameis Winston does the Top 10 on David Lettermen (Video)

Jameis-Winston-David-LettermenNow that Jameis Winston has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the sexual assault investigation that he was involved with earlier this month, it is safe for him to make public appearances that aren’t related to football. After winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, it was only fitting that the Florida State quarterback make on appearance on the “Late Show with David Lettermen” to deliver the famous Top 10.

The theme was “unusual things you hear in the huddle.” Jameis did a great job with the delivery and looked even more comfortable than Johnny Manziel did when he read the Top 10 last year. He got better as the segment went on.

I’m a little surprised Lettermen didn’t throw in any subtle comments about the investigation, but that was probably for the best. The state attorney did enough laughing during his press conference announcing that charges would not be filed.