Jameis Winston’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech was something people were going to keep an eye on because of what he has been involved in off the field. Would he address the sexual assault investigation that made him part of headlines over the past month now that he had his biggest stage? It turns out that he made an allusion to it.
After being announced as the winner of the 79th Heisman Trophy, the redshirt freshman quarterback came up on stage to give his acceptance speech. He spoke for about three minutes and kept repeating the same theme about “trusting the process.”
He talked about trusting the process in the context of playing youth football, high school football, his father pushing him hard, his decision to attend Florida State, his father losing his job, and the legal process for his investigation.
“I trusted in the process that evaluated fact and its truth is to deliver positive outcomes. Because of all the things I done been through the past month …” Winston said.
Winston’s speech seemed intended mostly for his inner circle and didn’t exactly have a mass appeal, but he earned the right to deliver whatever kind of speech he wanted. And even though many voters overlooked the sexual assault case by making him the runaway winner of the trophy, 115 people left him off their ballots completely.