The NFL channel on YouTube recently posted a series of video confessionals from highly-touted rookie quarterbacks. The subjects of the videos: Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.
Needless to say, one of these things is not like the other.
Winston, the former Florida State signal caller and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, channeled his inner-Lil’ Troy by professing a desire to be both a baller and a shot caller. A reasonable goal for a happening man about town, but perhaps not the kind of goal that Bucs coach Lovie Smith has in mind for his star quarterback.
The six-foot-four, 230-plus pound QB also talked about his future match-up with J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. Fans across the nation are also looking forward to that showdown, albeit for different reasons.
I’ll say this about Winston–he’s got the swagger and the personality befitting a superstar in the league. Mariota meanwhile offered a somewhat different approach in his confessional–
The man who followed Winston as the 2014 Heaisman Trophy winner and made the Oregon Ducks football team the class of the Pac-12 Conference was humble in his assessment of his career, stating a desire to prove he belongs.
Mariota also spoke at length about the passion of Titans fans and their importance to the team. Not exactly something that will grab headlines in Winston-like fashion, but it will definitely endear the athletic QB to the fans he spoke of.
Vastly different takes from two potential franchise-changing quarterbacks, but which will lead to greater success in the NFL?
Time will tell.