Jameis Winston has been receiving all sorts of criticism and advice from everyone and everywhere lately. This time, soon-to-be Hall-of-Fame Wide Receiver Randy Moss, who played very successfully in the NFL for 14 years, had some encouraging words of wisdom for the young Quarterback who can not seem to get a break at the moment.
Apparently, Moss is currently in Tampa to help a few Wide Receivers prepare for training camp, and, more importantly for Bucs fans, to mentor Jameis Winston and help him overcome the tough tasks Winston is now faced with. While Moss does admit that Winston’s behaviour that caused him to get suspended was wrong, he also added that this is not necessarily a neck-breaker for Winston’s career by any means.
“He’s doing things right… It’s a bump in the road. . . . Man, just continue to fight. It happens… What he did was wrong. You know, I’m not saying right or wrong. There was a woman involved. So I’m not going to get into all of that. What he did was wrong. He knows it was wrong. So, I think it’s up to him as a man to understand what he did wrong, live and learn from it and let it go.”
Randy Moss should know what he is talking about when it comes to being disciplined by the NFL, as he was a very controversial player who was fined by the NFL multiple times himself. He was never suspended, however. Speaking from personal experience, Moss added later,
“A lot of these guys don’t realize that they’re being watched under a microscope and they don’t realize it until it happens to them and they’re out of a job.”
Furthermore, Moss suggested Winston to surround himself only with people who know what is good for him from here on out. That way, he can protect himself from potential off-the-field distractions.
“One of the things that I always told my people: ‘Don’t be scared or shy to tell me ‘no’, because I check my pride in at the door… I’ll thank you later, you know, when I’m not behind bars, or when I’m still on a football team.”
Sounds like some sound advice from Moss, who seems to have learned from his mistakes. Now it is on Jameis Winston to take Moss‘ words to heart and stay out of further trouble. That is the only way he can stay in the NFL in the long run and become the Hall-of-Fame Quarterback he definitely has the tools to be.