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Jameis Winston on infamous ‘fat’ photo: ‘I look good and I know it’ (video)


One thing is certain about Jameis Winston: He isn’t short on confidence, nor does he have an underwhelming sense of self.

Among the many interesting nuggets to emerge from his meeting with the media on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine was when Winston was asked about the infamous photo that made its way around the Internet recently in which the quarterback appears to be sporting a bit of a gut and looking a little overweight.

It’s all a non-story, says Winston. In fact, it’s even less than that. Because guess what? The way Winston sees it, he looks good. And he knows it.


“A lot of people thought I was fat,” Winston said. “But I’m proving everybody wrong. I look good and I know it.”

For what it’s worth, the measurements of Winston taken at the Combine have the QB at 6’3 3/4″ and 231 pounds. Not too shabby. Actually, far from shabby.

Relating to the so-called “fat photo,” Winston’s quarterback coach George Whitfield set the record straight earlier this week in a conversation with The Big Lead.

“The photo of Jameis was taken in early-mid January,” Whitfield told TBL. “If people are saying he looks out of shape – well, did they notice he had the leash tight around his waist? That may have had something to do with it,” he laughed. “Jameis is in shape and doing great. Anyone saying he’s out of shape, they can check him out at the Combine this week.”

Additional photos that surfaced from the time when Winston was supposedly fat showed under no uncertain terms that he was in reasonably good shape, at least in the spare tire department. That supposedly ailing shoulder that reportedly was picked up during a combine medical examination, on the other hand? No worries on that front, either, says Winston, who deflected questions about it, according to a USA TODAY report.

“I had an MRI just like everyone else.” he said. “I had the same shoulder I had the past two years I was at Florida State.” Winston said the MRI was done Thursday. “I’ve been playing baseball. That’s why there might be the shoulder.”

But does he shoulder look good? And if so, does Winston know it? That’s the question.

(top image credit: NFL on ESPN/Twitter)