Warrick Dunn: Jameis Winston is leading in community
You'd be hard-pressed to find a Bucs player who's been more synonymous with giving back to the community than former Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn, so it carries significant weight for him to say he's impressed by what Jameis Winston is doing as a leader and in the community.
"I think his leadership is there," Dunn said Wednesday while on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" show. "Most people would say 'Well, he's immature.' When a kid is 19, 20 years old, they still have to grow. Over the last few years, he's really grown into a great leader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay community. He's come into his own."
Dunn, like linebacker Derrick Brooks, took the same pipeline from Tallahassee to Tampa, and he said that what he saw from Winston in college has translated well to his success in his first two seasons in the NFL.
"I like Jameis. I thought when he came out that he was suited for the NFL," Dunn said. "Knowing the type of player he was at Florida State and understanding Jimbo Fisher and what he puts his quarterbacks through, I thought he was prepared mentally and physically. The way he can lead, he was throwing footballs into double coverage. He took chances, and to be a great player in this league, you have to take chances."
Dunn was back in the Tampa area in April, continuing his "Homes for the Holidays" campaign and helping a single mom -- the 155th since his drive started -- move into her own home. Dunn finished his career with the Falcons and is now part of the team's ownership group, but said he's pulling for Winston -- at least when he's not playing Atlanta twice a year.
"I do support him," he said. "You want (to support) guys that went to your alma mater, but you want to support those guys because you know that they have been through adversity and overcome it. He's been moving on with his life, so I'm proud of him."