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NFL legend slams Winston, Mariota's bizarre draft decision

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When Jameis Winston decided not to attend the 2015 NFL Draft you could kind of understand his decision, with Winston making the call because he wants to be with his family when his selection in the draft is announced.

The former Seminoles star quarterback has had his fair share of bad publicity over the last couple of years and no doubt he wanted to keep away from the spotlight again.

But then fellow quarterback and first round prospect Marcus Mariota joined the party of staying at home on draft night, leaving the NFL in a potentially embarrassing situation. 

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Huge criticism

It's safe to say that these decisions will end up creating a weird situation on draft night, with the top two QBs selected in the draft not even being present in Chicago.

While fans and players may understand the decisions by Winston and Mariota, NFL legendary receiver and former Cowboys superstar Michael Irvin certainly does not.

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“I understand you want to be with your family, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but you’re a quarterback. Nobody profits more from this league than quarterbacks and I do have an issue with them not being there,” Irvin told Lindsay Jones of USA Today.

“This is a family. You’re coming into something that is much bigger than you. Don’t big-time it, and that’s what I feel is being done.”

Irvin hates the decision 

Irvin went even further and suggested that Winston in particular would benefit from attending the draft.

“I think Jameis would benefit especially from the opportunity to talk to guys like Cris and I, but also just being there and seeing it,” Irvin added. “He won’t get what he’s getting to be part of. You see [fans] wrapped around the building, sleeping there, to get there. You see what it means to them.

“I absolutely hate the fact that they’re not coming. Everyone will get on me, oh Michael they can make this decision. Yeah, they can. But I can make the decision to hate the fact that they made it.”

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