Jameis Winston Opens Up About Being Replaced by Tom Brady


NFL quarterback Jameis Winston offered an optimistic take on being replaced by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

The free agent quarterback, appearing on Fox News on Wednesday to promote a coronavirus hotline he helped set up, said he's not bothered by being supplanted by a future Hall of Famer.

"One thing you can learn about me is my faith," Winston said. "I have tremendous faith in my lord, and one thing about Tom Brady is it's understood that he is the G.O.A.T. For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that's kudos to me."

Winston's tenure in Tampa Bay all but ended with the signing of Brady, five seasons after he was drafted first overall out of in-state Florida State in 2015. The Alabama native showed flashes that made him the top pick, leading the league in passing yards in coach Bruce Arians' dynamic offense, but he struggled to protect the ball, also leading the league in interceptions.

Winston said the turn of events has inspired him to improve.

"I'm gonna have to play the Tom Bradys, the Patrick Mahomes, and all the other great quarterbacks eventually. That's how you win Super Bowls, and that's what I want."

Winston announced on Monday the creation of a toll-free coronavirus hotline, started with surgeon Dr. Scott Kelley, intended to allow people with questions to get answers without leaving their homes.