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Bucs' Winston tells Yankees prospects: Don't make mistakes I did

Published Feb. 17, 2017

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had two main messages for the Yankees' top prospects in a speech at their Tampa camp last week: Be determined and don't make the same mistakes I did.

"You wouldn't know he's only 23 (years old)," pitcher Daniel Camarena, 24, told nj.com. "He talked like a grown man. He gave us some good advice."

Winston spoke to the prospects attending Captain's Camp, the team's yearly program aimed at building character as much as on-field skills. He repeated "no limits" like a mantra. And he told them to be careful about their actions.

While at Florida State — where he won the 2013 Heisman Trophy and a national title — Winston was accused of sexual assault, given a civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix and was suspended for one game after standing on a cafeteria table and shouting an obscenity.

"(Winston's) big thing that I took away was that there's no limits," Camarena said. "If you don't set a limit for yourself, you don't know how you can go. Just keep striving every day."

Said pitcher Justus Sheffield, 20, "The biggest thing to me, he kept talking about how you talk to yourself more than you talk to others. Throughout your life, you go through these phases where you're talking to yourself and you doubt yourself. If you think about it, why can't you make yourself say you're going to do this?"

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