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Alstott impressed by Jameis Winston at charity event

"I think first and foremost, he's a great person,'' Mike Alstott said of Jameis Winston. He has a big heart, very personable. ... Everybody loved having him around."

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"I think first and foremost, he's a great person,'' Mike Alstott said of Jameis Winston. He has a big heart, very personable. ... Everybody loved having him around."

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Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is still working to win over fans in the Tampa area as the NFL draft approaches, and he made an impression on former Bucs players at charity events this weekend for the Mike Alstott Family Foundation.

"I think first and foremost, he's a great person. He has a big heart, very personable, was there interacting with the crowd and everybody that supported my event," said Alstott, the former Bucs fullback. "Everybody loved having him around. He was really, really first-class."

Alstott said he hadn't met Winston before and reached out through his agent to bring him down for the weekend, which included social events like a cornhole tournament and golf outing at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club. For Winston, the event was a chance to meet former and current Bucs players -- head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht were at the cornhole tournament on the beach as well. Alstott said he understands that fans may be divided on Winston, but he was impressed by how he handled himself.

"I think he realizes some of the mistakes he's made, and he's trying to correct them," said Alstott, whose three children were among those having their pictures taken with Winston. "I think this shows a little bit that he's grown about the past. Coming down to my event, he could take the other side and hide until whoever drafts him, but he was very honored to be a part of it, and everybody really enjoyed his presence and his personality."

Winston, widely expected to be the Bucs' choice for the No. 1 overall pick on April 30, liked the charity enough that he wore a Mike Alstott Family Foundation polo while on his official visit to the Titans, who have the second pick in the draft. Alstott isn't on Twitter himself, but his foundation's account tweeted a photo showing Winston wearing the Alstott shirt on the Titans visit, saying "much love" and "thanks for the support."

Here's a photo gallery the Alstott foundation posted on Facebook from the event, showing Alstott, Smith, Licht and other Bucs players.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 4:07pm]

    

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