New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston partners with the HBCU Legacy Bowl
By Bob Garcia
The Saints starter is a long-time contributor to HBCU initiatives
Yesterday it was announced that New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston and his Dream Forever Foundation have entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with the HBCU Bowl Legacy. It marks the latest in a long line of examples of the support the quarterback has given to HBCU initiatives over the years.
Winston’s career began when he started playing college football at Florida State. He performed incredibly well, becoming the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, not to mention being instrumental in leading his team to victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship during his freshman year. In 2015, Winston was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Draft. As a rookie with the franchise, the player was able to set different records, in addition to leading the league in air yards during the 2019 season and earning Pro Bowl honors.
Last year, the Saints opened the door for Winston, and this year he was converted into the starting signal-caller, in addition to being named team captain. Through past donations, Winston has been a major supporter of HBCUs, especially to Miles College for a total of $100,000 in support of the football program, as well as a donation to the HBCU Baseball Classic. Winston has also lent his support by hosting many youth football events and justice seminars at Miles College.
“We are truly grateful to have Jameis Winston partner with the HBCU Legacy Bowl,” said Doug Williams, Super Bowl XXII MVP and Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founder. “His leadership and continued commitment in support of HBCUs will make a difference in the lives of others.”
The HBCU Legacy Bowl consists of a postseason all-star game where the top 100 NFL draft-eligible football players from historically black colleges and universities will be featured. The game is expected to be held on February 19 next year at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium and will be broadcast live on NFL Network.
“I’m proud and honored to continue to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities through the HBCU Legacy Bowl,” Winston said. “This special game, to be played in New Orleans, is all about providing opportunities for others.