Winston fought back tears talking about his former teammate and mentor.
“To have an entire season with Drew Brees was a dream of mine. For him to put his arm around me and just give me any encouraging words after I saw the resilience, the passion, the way that he went and approached every single day. For that to even be a story, I was touched by that,” Winston said while holding back tears, via Nick Underhill. “He doesn’t even know how much he means to me and my family, for real… I love football. That’s all I’ve done my entire life. Someone that I look up to, that I admire, that I could actually touch, was my teammate and I had the chance to serve him. I’m speechless, that really gets me emotional cause I really love Drew Brees.”
Winston, who recently signed another one-year deal with the Saints, completed 7 of 11 passes for 75 yards during the 2020 regular season for the Saints, and he threw a 56-yard touchdown pass in the team’s playoff loss to Tampa Bay.
Brees weighed in on the impending competition between Winston and Taysom Hill:
“I’m really excited for the opportunity that both Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston have,” Brees said last week during a conference call to discuss his new job with NBC Sports, per the team’s website. “I can’t tell you how much fun we had together as a quarterback room, really a great group of guys, a great group of human beings, guys that really love the game of football, love their teammates. We loved to work hard, we loved to push each other. It was highly competitive (but) at the same time, we were all there to support one another and help one another because we just wanted the team to win.”
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