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Jameis Winston intends to be active on social media during NFL career


Jameis Winston made it clear that he doesn’t plan to shy away from social media during his NFL career, arguing that all the positives that can be accomplished through various platforms far outweighs any potential harm.

Winston, the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and presumed franchise quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, weighed in on the role social media will play in his life and career during an appearance at a Play 60 clinic being held at the Cleveland Browns’ facility.

“Social media can help you in so many ways from a positive standpoint,” he said, via a report from ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “I can’t control what people put on social media about me, but I can control my actions and what I do.”

Winston’s post-NFL Draft social media activity got off to an inauspicious start when he posted a photograph of himself eating crab legs, an arguably sarcastically humorous nod to his seafood shoplifting arrest in the spring of 2014, something that spawned a litany of memes and jokes on the Internet. Winston was criticized by some for taking such a cavalier approach to the matter, but still insists he’s not afraid to be himself on social media.

“I really don’t pay attention to social media other than what I do,” he said. “I don’t look up myself or anything like that. When I’m socially active, it’s because I’m doing something, and I don’t really pay attention to that — outside sources.”

Winston has been under nearly constant scrutiny since turning into a superstar quarterback with the Florida State Seminoles, so perhaps it’s a bit surprising he’s so insistent that he plans to be so active on social media, a world where it is often the case that more bad can come out of one’s actions than good.

But Winston insists that his intent to be active on social media will not deter nor distract him from being the best football player he can be.

“It’s about my actions,” he said. “I got to be a quarterback. When I’m off the field, I got to be a quarterback; when I’m on the field, I got to be a quarterback.