Legendary Florida State football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame Bobby Bowden was on the Paul Finebaum show Tuesday and had some rather harsh words for Jameis Winston.
You wouldn’t expect to see one Florida State legend rip another, but Bowden didn’t mince words when he let his feelings known about what he thinks of the No.1 pick in April’s NFL Draft:
“I think it’s a consensus among Florida State fans and boosters that he was an embarrassment in a lot of ways to the university,” Bowden said on ESPN’s The Paul Finebaum Show. “He won a lot of ball games, probably one of the best football players that ever attended Florida State, but he hurt himself off the field. The good news is he’s young enough to get over that. He just can’t make those junior high school decisions that he made when he was in college.”
Bowden’s negative comments about Winston are the first to be made publicly by any high-profile person tied to Florida State. Current Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher, who replaced Bowden as coach, has been furtive in his support of the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.
Winston finished his career in Tallahassee by throwing for 7,964 yards and 65 touchdowns while also throwing 18 interceptions. Along the way he earned a Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles in winning the 2014 BCS Championship. He is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bowden is second in wins among Division I football coaches, has won two national titles with the Seminoles and has a career coaching record of 377–129–4.