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Meeting Russell Wilson helped spark Jameis Winston's progress



The last time Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson were on the football field together was in January, when they were teammates at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.

They will be reunited for Sunday's game against the Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium, and Winston credits his improved conditioning and fitness to his long conversations with Wilson.

"Russell and (Vikings quarterback) Teddy Bridgewater were a huge part of me getting healthy and preparing my body the way I should," Winston said. "Just seeing those guys, Russell is a true professional and he does his job the right way. So I learned so much from him as far as what to eat, what a Pro Bowl quarterback should be like."

Wilson said Wednesday he was a big fan of the former Florida State quarterback even before he entered the NFL.

"I’ve always been very fond of Jameis in terms of the quarterback that he is and the competitor that he is, first of all," Wilson said. "I think he’s a tremendous player and I have tons of respect for him there. And I had the opportunity to be around him. We have actually common acquaintances in the sense of Trevor Moawad, who works at Florida State. He’s their mental coach and sports psychologist that they use. And so I got to know Jameis from a distance from that. And then we went to the actual Pro Bowl and we were on the same team. We were right next to each other the whole time and I just continued to discuss with him and talk to him about the game of football and what it takes to excel on a consistent basis. He asked tons of questions in a good way.

"He’s a guy who wants to know and wants to learn. Like I said, he’s a tremendous competitor and he has a great time playing the game of football, too."

Both players could meet in the Pro Bowl again. Winston is fifth in the NFL with 20 touchdown passes while Wilson has thrown only two interceptions 335 passing attempts.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 24, 2016 1:03am]


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