Jameis Winston: “Degree is very important to me”

In a interview with NFL.com, Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston would not directly comment about his father’s remarks that he would stay in Tallahassee beyond the 2014 season, but he did say that earning his degree is important to him.

“It’s very important to me. I was always raised as a student first and an athlete second,” Winston said. “I think that’s the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective. It’s about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league. Even if kids leave early, I would want them to come back and get that degree.”

Most experts believe that Winston is a sure-thing for the 2015 draft and that it would be a mistake if he stayed beyond the 2014 season in case he would get injured.

Winston was the second freshman to win the Heisman trophy, joining Johnny Manziel. He led the Seminoles to an undefeated season (14-0) and their first national championship since 1999.

Florida State is widely considered the favorites to repeat as national champions and are expected to be the No. 1 ranked team heading into the 2014-2015 season.

New College Football National Trophy
New College Football National Trophy