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Jameis Winston Declares for The NFL Draft

January 8, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Heisman winner and national title winner Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will enter the NFL draft.

The news broke on Wednesday, when Winston’s father told ESPN.com’s David M. Hale that Jameis will forgo his final two years as a Seminole and enter the 2015 NFL draft:

Jameis Winston won’t be back in a Florida State uniform next season, his father said Wednesday, opting instead to enter the NFL draft.

At first, Antonor Winston stated his son planned to wait until after the College Football Playoff Game to announce a decision, but instead, Jameis Winston came to a decision Tuesday night that he was ready to enter the NFL draft.

In addition, Winston’s father also explained why the decision was moved.

The possible number one pick in the draft later confirmed the decision in a statement via ESPN.com:

‘After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State. I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom.

‘I will always take pride in leading our team back to national prominence and am confident that my returning teammates will continue the success for many years to come.

‘To the fans, I can’t thank you enough for the support you showed me and the team over the last three seasons; it was a humbling experience to bring the Championship back to Tallahassee for you all to enjoy.

‘To my teammates, it’s been an incredible opportunity to play with the most impressive collection of talent and people the game has seen; you all have been there for me through the highs and lows and the relationships we have formed extend well beyond the field. For this, I thank you.

‘To the coaching staff and especially Coach Fisher, I am forever grateful for the ways you developed me as a player and a person as I have grown over the years. I knew I made the right decision to come to Florida State four years ago and couldn’t be happier with this choice as I write this today.

‘As I embark in the next challenge of playing in the NFL, I look forward to contributing to a long line of successful alumni at the next level. I want you all to know that I will make Seminole Nation proud and continue to bring the passion and love for the game you all have seen in Doak Campbell since my first day as a ‘Nole. Thank you for making my time in Tallahassee the of the best years of my life.’

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