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Bucs’ Jameis Winston gives back with holiday party at Raymond James Stadium

The quarterback hosts 2,500 kids Tuesday with bouncy houses and a chance to visit an NFL stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston smiles while greeting kids and posing for pictures during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston smiles while greeting kids and posing for pictures during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 11, 2019
Updated Dec. 11, 2019

TAMPA — Jameis Winston stood on the field near the north end zone at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday night and could not find any daylight. He was surrounded and under siege again, only this time it wasn’t pass rushers but a swarming group of kids at the Famous Jameis Jamboree.

“This is what my platform is all about, having the Famous Jameis Jamboree," said Winston, who was wearing a cast on his ight throwing hand.

“Having the entire Tampa Bay community come here and gather together on this field. How many fans get to storm the field? You think about that in college how we storm the field. But we’re giving them that opportunity."

About 2,500 kids signed up for the event hosted by his Jameis Winston Dream Forever Foundation.

They were treated to bouncy houses, games, Christmas headwear and even Santa Claus himself.

“I’m just grateful to the Buccaneers for giving me the opportunity to be the quarterback of this community," Winston said. “This is awesome.

“I know y’all see my hand. I’m going to talk about my hand on (Wednesday). It’s a preventative thing right now."

Winston fractured the thumb on his right throwing hand and did not start the second half of Sunday’s win over the Colts.

He also didn’t seem to mind all the adoration.

“It humbles me because it makes me think of how grateful I am to have this opportunity, to be amongst all these fans, all these kids in the background," Winston said. “They’re just happy. You can give however much money you want to an organization. You can do that. But time, time is the most valuable thing that we have."


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