Jun 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
Jameis Winston's Dad Says Heisman Winning QB Staying at FSU 2 More Years for Academic and Baseball Reasons
Jameis Winston could leave all his troubles at Florida State University (FSU) behind in next spring's NFL Draft if he wanted to, but his dad said that will not happen.
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Speaking with AL.com, Antonor Winston, the Heisman winner's father, said his son will be at FSU for two more years. Primarily, the younger Winston will be focused on earning a degree, but it is also a chance to boost his stock in the amateur baseball draft.
Jameis Winston was implicated in a sexual assault complaint in Dec. 2013 for an alleged attack that took place in April 2012. He did not face criminal charges, but the alleged victim filed a lawsuit against FSU, the police and Winston. Then he was caught stealing about $33 worth of crab legs from a local Pulix grocery store, for which the baseball team suspended him until he completed 20 hours of community service.
Big or small, good or bad, whatever deed Winston does in the public eye is headline news. That is what winning the Heisman and the BCS National Championship as a freshman will get you.
But Antonor insists his son will stick it out in school for two more years, which he says is long enough for Jameis to earn his degree.
"We want Jameis to succeed with one more year in baseball and two more years in football," Antonor told AL.com. "We've never strayed from our plan that he is going to be in college until he gets that degree."
The elder Winston said his son is majoring in engineering, either in the biomedical or mechanical field. Before football and baseball, Jameis went to school to one day become a podiatrist.
Still, Winston came to FSU as one of the highest rated QB recruits in the nation and he did not disappoint one bit. For the Seminoles baseball team, Winston is a shutdown closer and posted a 1.08 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 33 innings this season.
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Winston told the Associated Press in Feb. he planned to stay two more years at FSU, but for baseball-related reasons. Whatever the reason, Winston clearly wants to pursue his dream of being a professional two-sport athlete.