Bo Jackson always had an interest in Florida State's supremely talented, deeply-flawed quarterback Jameis Winston.
The bruising running back and baseball player grew up in Bessemer, Ala., only twenty miles away from where 'Famous Jameis' was raised. The two have spoken in the past. It seemed like a good match.
After all, Winston is a two-sport athlete, playing baseball as well as football, in the same way Jackson did during his prime. They were both Heisman Trophy winners in major programs.
Plus, who wouldn't want the mentor-ship of a professional athlete who perhaps knew the limelight better than anyone, only to see it crashing down after a hip injury in 1991 robbed him of his mind-blogging athletic ability?
If anyone has the right kind of advice on how to handle publicity with grace while also understanding how easily it can be taken away, it would seem to be Jackson. Unfortunately, not even Bo could reach the Seminoles star.
Jackson did not soften his words while speaking about Winston and the troubles the redshirt sophomore will continue to face if he doesn't begin to make more responsible decisions.
"I really don't know who is giving this young man guidance," Jackson said. "I have communicated with him, and I just talked to him like I was his dad."
Jackson said he spoke to Winston before the infamous episode in which the young quarterback was caught shoplifting crab legs, resulting in a temporary suspension during the baseball season.
You would think that someone with Jackson's resume would be taken seriously from any young college athlete. The former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner is the only athlete to ever be named an All-Star in two major American sports. In March, he was named the greatest athlete of all time by ESPN.
'You're on your own'
Still, Jackson can't help but wash his hands clean of the young quarterback who just won't try to avoid controversy, from Winston's shoplifting incident to his misogynistic public comments to the rape allegations that he has successfully dodged throughout his time as a Seminole.
"Normally, I don't like giving people advice if I haven't been down that road myself," Jackson said. "But if I give you advice on something that I know more about than you by just falling out of bed in the morning, if you can't take that advice and learn from it, then I've got nothing else to do with the situation."
While Jackson's breathtaking ability was taken away due to injury, we could see Winston - by all accounts, one of the most talented quarterbacks in recent years - be felled before his prime due to his character issues.
"You're on your own," Jackson finished.
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