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Jameis Winston follows a new playbook: Dr. Seuss

Jameis Winston enters the season opener for the Bucs against the Chicago Bears Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the only NFL player to pass for more than 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
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Jameis Winston enters the season opener for the Bucs against the Chicago Bears Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the only NFL player to pass for more than 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times ]
Published Sep. 16, 2017

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston refers to himself as a "risk taker." But he says over the past two seasons, he has learned to be more patient.

Yet, he embraces his aggressive style of playing the position.

Wintson said he could relate to a quote shared with him by center Ali Marpet from a Dr. Seuss book called Happy Birthday to You!

"Today you are You, that is truer than true,'' Winston recalled. "There is no one alive who is Youer than You.'

"And that really stuck with me, because we're all our individual selves. And on one can be us more than us. It's so simple."

Winston enters the season opener for the Bucs against the Bears on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the only player to pass for more than 4,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. He also has thrown 50 touchdown passes.

But his penchant for never giving up on a play also is part of his game, for better and sometimes worse. Winston knows he needs to cut down on turnovers. He has thrown 33 interceptions and lost nine fumbles.

"Change is good at times. And I'm working on my patience. But you are who you are,'' Winston said.

What has Winston learned over the past two seasons?

"I've learned that winning is more important than anything,'' Winston said. "In times like that, most of those early turnovers were me trying to do too much or me trying to be the hero. This is a team game and definitely with the weapons we have now we're going to be able to take advantage of every opportunity that we get."

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