Florida State produced one of the greatest two-sport professional athletes off all-time, and they may be on the verge of doing it once again, if we are to believe what recently crowned Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston said to reporters on Saturday night.
Winston, who is the youngest player ever to win the Heisman, played baseball last season for the Seminoles and was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers coming out of high school. He still desires to play on the diamond in addition to his football career.
“I don’t feel I can play football without baseball,” Winston said. “I don’t feel I can play baseball without football.”
“I believe you can do anything you put your mind to,” Winston said. “Especially with my hard work and determination. I can do anything that I want to do.”
Of course, Deion Sanders pulled off the feat after leaving FSU, playing for several teams in both MLB and the NFL. Sanders excelled more in football, as he is a member of the Hall of Fame, and is considered by many to be the greatest cover corner of all-time.
Prior to Sanders, Auburn alum Bo Jackson became the biggest two-sport star. He won the Heisman Trophy, and became a star with the then-Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Royals, before a hip injury ended his football career and shortened his baseball. Like Winston, Jackson hails from Bessemer, Ala.
Winston is a pitcher, so it would be interesting to see if he could become the first player to play QB and play baseball. That would be quite tricky, considering that the baseball season plays into the start of the NFL season. It is likely he would have to switch positions and play the outfield and hit.
Being a two-sport athlete isn’t his biggest concern, as Winston told everyone that his first issue to take care of is his education:
“Education’s always first thing,” Winston said. “So when people keep asking, ‘Jameis, are you leaving next year?’ and all this stuff, I say, ‘I need my education.’ That’s what it’s really about.”
Maybe he’s a kid that actually gets it. Because he is one play away from never playing either sport, again.