“Now here’s what you’ve got to do. Calm down,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told Jameis Winston. “Don’t give them that over-exuberant look. Act very passive right here and get people back on your side. You understand what I’m telling you? Humble. Humble pie.”
Simple words of encouragement.
That’s what Winston needed. He needed to be humbled.
On the field, he showed why he was so good again, last Saturday night against Notre Dame.
Nowadays, after those big games, after winning the Heisman, national championships, athletes can get big heads. Feel like they are on top of the world. Like they can say and do what they want. They above rules and laws.
However, that’s not the case in society and Winston has learned that. His off-field image has been scrutinized a lot.
Finally, his coach is stepping in and telling Winston to be humble.
It’s simple advice that can go a long way. Too much hubris can destroy relationships. After all, the greatest servant of all, Jesus Christ came to earth and died on the cross for every sinner. That’s humility in the highest form. Today, Jesus calls us to take his example and live it out.
That’s what Jimbo did for Jameis.
Fisher realized as a leader of the the Florida State football team that his job was to encourage and uplift his team. To raise men of integrity and humility.
How can you be humble today? Who can you encourage?