Rinaldi: Jamies, with 1:15 to go in this game, final drive, what did you tell your teammates around you?
Winston: I said, guys, we didn’t come here for no reason. I said, guys, this is ours, man. All the adversity we went through the first few quarters, it was ours to take. And like I’ve been saying, we control our own destiny. And those men looked me in my eye and they said, ‘We got this, Jameis.’ And I said … we said … I said, ‘Are you strong?’ They said, ‘I’m strong if you strong.’ I said, ‘We strong, then.’”
Rinaldi: After struggling through the first half, what was the biggest adjustment you guys made at halftime?
Winston: We had to go back to playing Florida State football. We came out here. We were letting us be bigger than the game. We were bigger than the game. We had to say, ‘Hey, let’s play Florida State football,’ because can’t nobody be bigger than this game. And we did that, and we came out victorious.
Rinaldi: You had an embrace with your head coach Jimbo Fisher. You’ve been through a lot with him this season. What did you share with him in that moment, Jameis?
Winston: We just. We champions. We can share that we are champions together. And through everything that we went through, through all the haters, through every single thing ,we came out victorious. And God did this. I’m so blessed. He’s so blessed. All the stuff he handled with Ethan. And he come in here and coach us? That touched me. And it’s nobody but God. It’s nobody.
Rinaldi: Ethan being a reference to Jimbo’s son. You said it once, you said it a hundred times this season. If we’re gonna do it big, we’re gonna do it big, then. How big is this moment?
Winston: It’s the biggest. Happy birthday. My cousin in the Afghanistan watching this game. Teovan Winston. We doing it for everybody. We doing it big all over the country, all over the world! I’m proud. I’m proud to say I’m a Florida State Seminole.
AJ McCarron's mom wasn't impressed with the English skills of a product of Alabama' educational system. While the speech won't be hailed as Shakespearean any time soon, people would be wise to remember, the kid literally turned 20 last night and just won the biggest achievement of his young professional career. There aren't many 20 year-olds who are able to wax poetically in a situation like this.
If that doesn't satiate your desire for perfect grammar, well, Jameis Winston will soon have more money in his bank account than ten copywriters make in ten years of copywriting.
Congratulations to Jameis Winston on his national title. I'm sure he'll understand, however, if we're not cheering him on to another Heisman campaign next season.