Last Thursday, Jameis Winston missed the Bucs' third OTA practice to attend the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premiere, an event nearly 40 rookies attend out in California. Winston spent the weekend on the west coast and, on Sunday, joined reporter Sal Paolantonio for an ESPN feature called "Sunday Conversation".
By the time the two sat down, the Rookie Premiere event had come to an end. Paolantonio asked several questions over the course of the interview, many of which were related to the event.
If there was one thing that resonated with Winston from the Rookie Premiere – it was a presentation by the NFLPA Regional Director, Don Davis.
"Don Davis did a great presentation and he talked about the three P's, which were performance, perception and potential," Winston said. "I believe those three P's are big with not only being a football player but just being a man."
According to Paolantonio, perception was the most important of those three to the group of rookies he spoke with. Winston agreed.
Photos from the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premiere in California.
"We're businessmen and you have to carry yourself the right way," Winston said. "We represent not only that shield, we represent an organization and, more importantly, we represent a community and a community that's filled with kids that want to be us one day. Sometimes kids can help you just settle down a little bit because you know you've got to be a great role model to that kid. I have a little brother. The way that my brother perceives me is everything to me because I can't let him down."
The interview moved past the Rookie Premiere and questions about this year's rookie class. Paolantonio tossed Winston a football and asked him, "Can you visualize yourself handling it out in a football game at Raymond James Stadium?"
"Absolutely," Winston said. "I dream so big, man. I dream about playing all the time. I think that's just being a quarterback as well. I dream about being at Raymond James, playing against Green Bay for the NFC Championship game."