Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston was honored Saturday in his hometown of Hueytown, Alabama. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner got a police escort to the stadium where he played in high school, complete with security stationed nearby.
When he took the podium to speak, he addressed the crowd saying, “You might be a little bit bored, but let’s just cheer for no reason.”
Winston got plenty of cheers throughout the ceremony, which was the final event of his “Jameis Winston Day” tour through Hueytown and Bessemer, Alabama. The tour was compiled of stops at a local children’s hospital and a reception at the chamber of commerce.
Even though Hueytown High plays at a new stadium now, Winston was honored with a plaque to commemorate his athleticism in football and baseball throughout 2008-12. The mayor of Hueytown and a city councilwoman both offered official proclamations of Winston’s achievements. His high school coach and the commissioner of his youth football league both retired his jerseys, and the commissioner praised Winston as “a young man of character on and off the field.”
(Note: We did find a picture of the framed jersey being retired on Twitter but it was edited with a crab leg frame. Not cool, so we didn’t add it.)
It was a long Jameis Winston Day… pic.twitter.com/SP7Au76h1j
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