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Florida State QB, Heisman Winner Jameis Winston ‘Starstruck’ to Be Facing Favorite Team in New York Yankees

February 25th, 2014 at 12:19 AM
By Doug Rush

Those who watch college football know the name of Jameis Winston, as not only was he voted the Heisman Trophy Winner in the 2013 NCAA season, but he also lead his Florida State University Seminoles to a National Championship back in January with a win over Auburn.

Almost two months later, Winston has now traded in his helmet and shoulder pads for a hat and pitching glove, as the two-sport athlete is now in full swing of the team's college baseball season and on Tuesday afternoon, he'll experience something else for the first time in his career; face his favorite professional baseball team in the New York Yankees as part of an exhibition game at Steinbrenner Field.

"I think I'm going to be a little starstruck because that's my favorite team. If they ask me to catch, I don't really care," Winston said. "If I can see one of them hitting, I'll catch. I'll do anything."

As part of the festivities of Florida State traveling to play the Yankees on Tuesday at their field, the Seminoles head coach, Jimbo Fisher, will also be in attendance and will even throw out the first pitch before the game.

Many people are excited to see how Winston fares as a pitcher or in the outfield, one of which is Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who is extremely impressed with what the freshman athlete has already accomplished in his young life.

"I imagine he's going to look pretty big in that uniform," Girardi said of the 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback. "I'm excited to see him. It'll be fun (Tuesday). "He's pretty mature for his age and as an athlete and what he had to go through."

In Winston's freshman season at quarterback, he threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns in a historic season for Florida State that saw him lead the Seminoles to the BCS Championship for the first time since 1999. Winston is expected to be a highly-scouted draft pick whenever he declares for the NFL Draft in a few years.


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Tags: Baseball, Florida State University, Jameis Winston, Joe Girardi, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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