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Saints QB Jameis Winston Took Online Classes For Seven Years to Finish College While Playing in the NFL; Finally Receives Diploma From FSU

Published 05/01/2022, 6:02 PM EDT

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and his family shared a moment of pride after he attained his bachelor’s degree. While it was a long wait of 7 years, Winston has made a name for himself both on and off the field. Despite leaving the school after being drafted into the NFL, Winston has been taking online classes to finish his requirements for getting his Diploma.

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On Saturday, Winston got his moment on the Florida State University stage as he made the walk across it to accept the fruits of his labor. Even the Saints organization was congratulating their starting QB on his special day.


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His FSU football head coach Mike Norvell also joined in to congratulate Winston and his hard work to attain his degree.

During his 2013 redshirt freshman season, he successfully led them to an undefeated season and notably a national championship. Winston was the No.1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After 5 seasons in Tampa Bay, he eventually moved on to the Saints and has since become the franchise QB.

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Winston always knew the job when he joined the Saints and who he was going to replace in the QB room. The franchise under legendary QB Drew Brees was used to seeing fascinating figures on the stat sheet. But since his retirement, the Saints have been coping with new faces, and Winston is one of them.

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While not possessing a single elite QB, the Saints have two good QBs in Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston. Both Dalton and Winston form one of the most productive QB duos with 56,261 passing yards and 361 touchdowns with 226 interceptions.


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But it is this combined production that gives the Saints organization a lot of hope for the upcoming season.

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The Saints fans will be hoping that Winston can once again emulate the performances he provided before his unfortunate injury, where he tore his ACL. The 2022 NFL campaign will again be a test of his promise at the pinnacle of American football.


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Written by:

Anuj Tazhatuveetil


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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.
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Deepika Bhaduri