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Bucs journal: Jameis Winston shares message of hard work in return to Birmingham, Ala.

 
Jameis Winston holds his second “Dream Forever” youth camp.
Jameis Winston holds his second “Dream Forever” youth camp.
Published July 3, 2017

The weeks leading up to the start of training camp are usually a time for players to lay low and rest up for the long season ahead, but Bucs QB Jameis Winston was back in his native Alabama over the weekend to give back to his hometown community.

Winston's second "Dream Forever" youth football camp, held at Miles College in Birmingham, is a special and important part of his offseason — "I want to show these kids that you can come from this area and be successful," he told local TV station WIAT, on hand for the camp Saturday.

"Hard work and just learning and competing," Winston told the station about his message to the campers. "Life is competition, no matter if they don't become pro football players or pro athletes. They have to learn to compete and work hard, in anything they do."

Winston had high praise for another Bucs player from Alabama, rookie TE O.J. Howard, the team's first-round draft pick:

"This is the fastest, most athletic 6-6, 255(-pound) guy I've ever seen in my life," he said. "It looks like he's 230 … it's amazing."

Working hard

Winston is still busy working out in preparation for the start of training camp at the end of this month. His trainer, Tim Grover, who has worked with NBA superstars like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, posted a video of Winston doing pullups, alternating his hands facing him and away between reps.

"The next time anyone questions your athleticism, @jaboowins3, show them this," Grover wrote. "Athletic hands, athletic feet … athletic mind. That's MY definition of athleticism."

This and that

Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, was a guest writer on si.com and wrote that the Bucs are "a juggernaut in the making." The longtime Packers fan said he hopes Green Bay — which hosts Tampa Bay in December — doesn't have to face the Bucs in the playoffs. "Bottom line: Tampa Bay is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season," he wrote. … Former Clemson WR Kevin Youngblood, who was on the Bucs' practice squad in 2004 and was among the team's final cuts in 2005, is now working at the White House with the Secret Service, the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reported. Youngblood was working when Clemson's football team visited the White House last month to celebrate its national championship.

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