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Jameis Winston nearly picked Stanford over FSU

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The Sports Xchange
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston rushes for a second-half touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL football game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 3, 2016.Carolina won 38-10. UPI/Nell Redmond .
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston rushes for a second-half touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL football game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 3, 2016.Carolina won 38-10. UPI/Nell Redmond . | License Photo

Some people may want to take a Tomahawk Chop at Jameis Winston when they hear this.

On a conference call with San Francisco bay area writers Wednesday, Winston indicated he still second-guesses his decision to choose Florida State over Stanford when he was recruited by both schools out of high school.

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Winston's regret still exists despite winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy and national championship with the Seminoles and becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft the following year.

"It was really me just not really knowing how prestigious Stanford really was," Winston said. "I look back all the time and see how if I went to Stanford what way my life could have turned. But, you know, you make your decisions and you go with them and you own them."

Winston said he was 'blown away,' by his visit to Palo Alto and came 'very close,' to picking Stanford when learned he had been accepted to the prestigious university by coach David Shaw in 2011.

"Yeah, I mean, just because Stanford is a great school," Winston said when asked to confirm he would like a do-over of his college choice. "You are who you place yourself around. I would have just loved the opportunity to go to Stanford and be around some of my friends out there."

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Winston's career at FSU was eventually tarnished by off-field issues and an accusation of sexual assault, for which he was never charged.

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