Winston, Arians have head start on chemistry
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TAMPA, Fla. — Introductions and first impressions won’t be necessary for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and new head coach Bruce Arians. That happened more than 10 years ago, when Winston was in high school and attended Arians’ football camp in Birmingham, Alabama.
“I had a little quarterback challenge — a couple kids from Kentucky, Tennessee, around the South,” Arians told ESPN. “They were all seniors being recruited, and I think [Winston] was in ninth or 10th grade. He blew them all away, and I was like, ‘Woah!’ … He definitely made an impression on me in that football camp, that’s for sure.”
That’s how Winston, or “Jaboo,” as Arians and many others call him, came to be known as the “Birmingham Legend.”
“He was a bright student and an unbelievable athlete, so you knew,” said Arians, who kept in touch with Winston and followed his journey at Florida State and in the pros.
Bruce Arians is ending his retirement to become the next head coach of the Buccaneers. He could be joined in Tampa Bay by Todd Bowles, his former Cardinals defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
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