Hall of Fame quarterback Phil Simms is not all that worried about Jameis Winston trying to swipe some crab legs from a local supermarket in Tallahassee. On Thursday, TMZ caught up with Simms and asked him about Winston being issued a citation for trying to shoplift some gourmet seafood.
“I’m not going to look into it too deeply because he’s a young kid,” Simms said. “We all did stuff in college that we all regret. We’re all geniuses after the fact — he looks like he’s a good kid, so I don’t know. I’m not reading too much into it.”
The issue with Winston is that his name has wound up in the headlines for the wrong reason on numerous occasions. We all know about the alleged sexual assault incident. There was also an issue at a Burger King restaurant last summer where Winston was accused of stealing soda using ketchup cups. Simms doesn’t see any of that affecting his draft stock.
“Will it hurt his draft value?” he said. “I would say no. It’ll be a big, fat zero. This time next year when he comes out the only argument is going to be will he be the first pick, the second or maybe the third or whatever.”
If Winston can stay out of trouble from here on out, Simms will probably be right. That said, NFL teams care about everything — just ask Johnny Manziel. If nothing else, Winston is in for some pretty tough interviews when he declares for the draft.