Jameis Winston's Post-BCS Title Speech Was Amazing

January 7, 2014 at 12:01p    by DJ Byrnes    
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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.


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gonzogrover's picture

There's not a whole lot of what Jameis Winston says that impresses me too much.

popeurban's picture

I'll admit that I was entertained by what he was saying and how he was saying it, but so much this:

While the speech won't be hailed as Shakespearean anytime 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.

I would probably lose my crap and say all kinds of crazy too.

Zimmy07's picture

I agree.  Too bad we never hear anything like this anymore, though:
‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’
‘There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.’
‘If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.’
‘I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round.’

ToetotheFace's picture

Big difference between representing a team and being a fighter out there for yourself. You still see some great quotes in fighting sports(Chael Sonnen).
This one is not bad either -  `I'm not god but I am something similar'

gneptuneproductions's picture

And those are the words of a scholarship college student ladies and gentlemen.

popeurban's picture

Athletic Scholarship.

jrich612's picture

Those are also the words of a 20 year old kid on national television who just achieved the greatest moment of his life. Adrenaline plays a factor, and you might be wise to not be such a dick about it. I can't see Braxton or Carlos speaking too much more eloquently in that same situation. 

CanadianBuckeye's picture

I trip over my own words just talking in front of 4 or 5 people... I can't imagine trying to talk on live tv after the biggest moment of my life at his age.  People hating on him for speaking like that are just clueless and more so classless.  
I don't have a single problem with what he said nor how he stated it.  Ball on sir, just don't go winning another Heisman next year...

The TresselMeyer's picture

Tripping over your words a few times under the bright lights would be completely understandable for anybody, including a 20 year old (who is already quite familiar with speaking to the media, might I add).  When Jameis speaks, it seems like he needs Rosetta's Stone in order to speak proper English. Different concepts.
Please note that I never said that I was not very highly amused watching his interview last night, it will likely be my longest-lasting takeaway - "We strong, den!"

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trock's picture

I actually like listening to him talk. Saw this on twitter, it sounds like he has a little Ali in him. Also, did anybody give him credit for looking for his friend that is coaching at Auburn after the game? He went running for him before he celebrated with his team.

saltybuck61's picture

Although he wasn't especially articulate with his words, he was entertaining. His actual words didn't make a whole lot of sense, but the way he said it was fascinating. Sometimes that is all it takes to capture someone's attention.

OSUStu's picture

They were not particularly eloquent and certainly were full of clichés/banality, but his answers actually did seem to contain some honest expression of humility.  I was a little impressed with that.
And, his guidance to his teammates, contrived or not, seems to have worked.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

I thought it was a charismatic and, in turn, impressive speech that showed his true colors.  Saying something like "I'm doing good" is just as wrong as saying "can't nobody be bigger than the game."  Too much preppy white bread trying to take attention away from his accomplishments, while not realizing that we are all, to some degree, products of our environment.

buckeyedude's picture

He actually said, "cain't nobody be bigger than the game." They all say "cain't" down south. Even white folk. That's not racist.
I really don't know why this is a big deal. This isn't the first time we've heard an athlete screw up the language. On the other hand, I wouldn't describe that so called speech as "impressive."

 

 

TilstheHun3's picture

"This isn't the first time we've heard an athlete screw up the language."

Truth... Hey, at least it wasn't as bad as Ellis Lankster's interview:

And yes, none of us want to see this guy win the Heisman again. I'm hoping Braxton capitalizes on coming back and finally wins it.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

mtgerken's picture

#Likeum

"Because I couldn't go for three!"

 

cinserious's picture

I used to be quick to poke fun of athletes like Ellis Lankster doing interviews, but the last time I did it I was watching something on ESPN about A.J. McCarron's friendship with the  'Bama equipment manager.  I felt like a real douchebag once I realized that cat had a true disability.

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bucks_4_life's picture

This guy has to have a speech impediment.  I feel bad that he's had to live his whole life like that.

The juice is worth the squeeze

osu_chris's picture

There's a big difference between knowing English and being able to speak publicly in front of TV cameras, reporters, a stadium full of fans, and millions more watching at home. I'm not sure why everyone is making such a big deal out of this. It's pretty common to see players become more polished speakers as they get older and more experienced with it. Moving on.

hit_the_couch's picture

hahahahhahahhahahahaahhaahahahahhaahahahahaha
He's probably just thinking about his snow bunny.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

trock's picture

Lets also not forget how the former FSU head coach use to speak. 

741's picture

Rinaldi: Is the Afghanistan near the Iraq and the other Asian countries?
Winston: I personally believe we champions everywhere like such as.

bigbadbuck's picture

Evidently A. J. McCarrons mom doesnt think too much of the way he talks.
 
bit.ly/1icfxVt
 
 
sorry I don't know how to link tweets

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

trock's picture

And wasn't there an Alabama player after a national championship game who could barely put together a sentence? Wonder what McCarron's mom has to say about that.

bigbadbuck's picture

Whoo hoo!. My boy just won another National Championship! $EC, $EC!!!!!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

OSUStu's picture

BBB, I don't think you can embed the tweet because it was deleted.  Here is the picture though:

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

bigbadbuck's picture

Thanks OSU.....Was there any doubt that she would be rooting for Auburn?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here its a war room

Squirrel Master's picture

Kid has the full package and probably doesn't have to work on too much during the off season.
So I recommend some practice in giving speeches and speaking publicly. He could take some summer course on it. Then he will be the full deal next year.
 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I kind of agree. Really look at the NFL. I know this sounds ridiculous, but QBs tend to be pretty well spoken and articulate. The NFL is somewhat "old school" when it comes to the position.
If he really wants to be an attractive commodity, he may have to tighten the interview skills up a bit.
However, the kid is a definite talent, and the competition between and Winston, Hundley and Mariota for the #1 QB spot next year will be pretty awesome to watch.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

otrain2416's picture

Hearing FSU players speak confirms the fact that Jimbo Fisher really is modeling that team after the SEC

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

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.

If he had told his team to play Stanford Football, they wouldn't have needed a game winning drive at the end.

TheShookster's picture

not everyone can be as eloquent in their post game speeches/interviews as Troy Smith was

Paulillo's picture

I thought the speech was awesome. He's a charismatic dude and I can see how he could be a great leader on the field.

southbay's picture

Who cares how he talks, he walked the walk.

OSU069's picture

I thought the speech was fine. It was entertaining. And honestly, the type of player that he is, who cares?? 

Ethos's picture

Uh yeah Ohio State fans have no room to talk there *cough* Pryor *cough*
Leave the boy alone.

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Cardale "we ain't come to play school" Jones

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

jamesrbrown322's picture

Awesome.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Rocket Man's picture

You got that right -- my first thought was that Cardale tweeted it best.

". . . It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"

741's picture

That is fair. We have our share of athletes who are challenged in the realm of extemporaneous speaking.

teddyballgame's picture

That's who he is...don't hate

BuckeyeSki's picture


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741's picture

These two cats are so hilarious and so bizarre at the same time.

KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Joe Beale's picture

"...and just won the biggest achievement of his young professional career."

Freudian slip? <insert Buckeye Troll Face here>

Brandon26841's picture

Meh, he's got that reverend type thing going on with the way he talks... very Ray Lewis-ish. I always find that kind of annoying, but I can't hate on the kid too much for the post-game interview. Lots of adrenaline going there.
 
But he does remind me a lot of Cam Newton, where you just can't help but cringe a little bit every time he talks. 

buckeyedude's picture

I know baseball players that come from the Dominican Republic or other Latin American countries get help learning the English language when they are in the minor leagues, because they know that at some point they will have a camera and microphone in their face. True fact.

 

 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

It's a certain swagger way of talking some of the kids do these days, and I think under other circumstances the speech patterns tend to get a little more "formal".  Did kind of remind me of some of the skits Aries Spears used to do on Mad TV.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

captain obvious's picture

I'll take Cardale against Jameis in a Jibberish battle anyday (or noday?)

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Turn pro Winston, like now....

MemphisBuckeye's picture

Someone needs to post Courtney Upshaw's ass kicking of the english language

mtgerken's picture

"We strong then!" lol

"Because I couldn't go for three!"

 

741's picture

"We didn't come here for no reason."
If you factor in the double negative this sentence actually makes sense. This man is a savant.

CPDenn's picture

During Winston's recruitment he was admitted to Stanford, so I'd say the dude isn't as stupid as a lot of people are making him out to be. 

Leanenaud's picture

It's called swagu, people.