High school to honor Jameis Winston
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, less than two years removed from finishing his senior year, will have his No. 8 jersey retired by Hueytown (Ala.) High School this summer, according to a report.
Winston graduated in 2012, red-shirted at FSU that fall and has since led the Seminoles to the national championship while winning the Heisman Trophy.
Hueytown coach Mark Stephens told AL.com that the school would retire Winston's jersey this summer so there would be no conflicts with his football or baseball schedules at FSU. Winston also is a pitcher and an outfielder for the Seminoles.
"Him playing football and baseball makes it tough," Stephens said. "I spoke with that gentleman a little over a month ago and he said that Jameis has had one weekend off since football started last fall. But we're going to get it done."
Stephens told AL.com that the ceremony has everything to do with Winston's achievements on the field and nothing to do with the "cloud" after Winston was accused of rape in December 2012. No charges were filed by the State Attorney, but the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has since opened an investigation into FSU's handling of sexual assault allegations against Winston and potential Title IX violations by the university.
"To me I am strictly interested in what he was accomplishing as an athlete and to me that's what his football jersey and the Heisman Trophy is about," Stephens said. "That was going on so fortunately he was cleared of that and it all worked out in the end."
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