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Florida State's Jameis Winston wants to avoid 'Manziel disease'

August 12, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston jokes around during team media day on Sunday.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston jokes around during team media… (Phil Sears / Associated…)

Florida State freshman Jameis Winston says he's a lot like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

That could be good or bad news for Seminoles fans, depending on how they look at it.

Who wouldn't want the guy who could very well end up being their starting quarterback this season to emulate last year's Heisman Trophy winner on the field? But would those same fans really want their potential new quarterback to imitate Manziel's off-field antics?

Not that "Johnny Football" has gotten into any trouble with the law, but his controversial tweets, supposed hard-partying ways and possible NCAA violations have kept him in the headlines most of the off-season.

But put your minds at ease. Although Winston sees some similarities in their personalities, he said during Florida State's media day on Sunday that he has no intention of catching what a reporter described as "Manziel disease."

“Manziel disease?” Winston said. “If I get Manziel disease, I want every one of you all to get your mikes and start tapping me on the head."

Winston added of Manziel: "He's a great guy. He's like me. He's funny, he's outgoing but sometimes when all eyes are on you, you can't do certain things.”


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