Jameis Winston is getting a head start on his community work and/or PR campaign in the Tampa Bay area, as he was in Tampa last night to support a Mike Alstott Foundation event. Helping one of the most popular Tampa Bay Buccaneers of all time is going to go a ways to getting Bucs fans to like the man who's likely to be their next quarterback.
Jamies Winston supporting the Mike Alstott Family Foundation. #gobucs pic.twitter.com/mvxHgaIeX8— Gramatica Foundation (@GramaticaFF) April 10, 2015
Look who showed up to help raise money for @M_A_F_F! @Jaboowins! #AlstottCelebWeekend #JameisWinston pic.twitter.com/sxFZ9WpZWN— Charley Belcher FOX (@CharleyBelcher) April 10, 2015
This may have been at Winston's own initiative, seeing an opportunity to do some work in a community he's likely to be a part of pretty soon -- or it may have come at the instigation of the Buccaneers, who would like their likely future quarterback to get a head start on their PR campaign. Or perhaps it's simply Mike Alstott trying to get someone else in on his foundation -- who knows?
Regardless of who instigated this, it's a good idea for Winston. His major issue is off-field stuff -- ranging from minor lapses in judgment, to a serious rape accusation for which he's never been found guilty. Getting the fanbase to embrace Winston appears to be a battle already won to a large extent, but minor things like attending charity events can go a long way.