New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston absolutely enjoyed playing alongside Drew Brees last season. Brees, a future Hall of Fame quarterback, recently retired and Winston could be the starting quarterback for the Saints next season.
After an up and down 2019 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston signed with the Saints -- hoping to get his career back on the right track. "Being able to have an entire season with Drew Brees was a dream of mine," said Winston, who started to get choked up during a videoconference with the New Orleans media after he was asked about an intimate conversation he was spotted having with Brees on the sideline during the final minutes of New Orleans' playoff loss in January.
"For him to put his arm around me -- or just give me any encouraging words -- after I saw the resilience, the passion, the way that he approached every single day; for that to even be a story, I was touched by that," Winston said.
"Because he doesn't even know how much he means to me and my family. For real. ... "Like, I love football. That's all I've done my entire life. And someone that I look up to, that I admire, that I actually could touch, was my teammate and I had a chance to serve him ...
like, man, I'm speechless. That really gets me emotional. Because I really love Drew Brees, like I don't think he even understands. ... "Y'all don't understand the impact that him and a lot of other quarterbacks had on me as a quarterback growing up in Bessemer, Alabama.
And a lot of people don't understand that human aspect to an athlete. But just know I love Drew Brees for real. Like I really do. And I was just happy that I was able to witness what he did and how he persevered last year."
Winston hopes to be the next starting quarterback
Brees set a high standard when it comes to the quarterback position in the Saints lineup. "You just learn from his methods and you be the best version of yourself.
That's what Drew Brees would tell me," Winston said. "'You be Jameis Winston; you don't have to be Drew Brees.' "And I would love to carry that torch from him. I would love to be able to provide the excitement and joy and resilience that he provided for this city."