Bucs QB Jameis Winston underwent LASIK surgery to have his eyesight corrected
AP

Bucs QB Jameis Winston underwent LASIK surgery to have his eyesight corrected

  • Updated
  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston takes questions during a news conference at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on December 29, 2019.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston takes questions during a news conference at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on December 29, 2019. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

TAMPA, Fla. - When you throw 30 interceptions in a season and squint a lot as a quarterback, the question is going to continue to come up.

Is something wrong with Jameis Winston's eyesight?

"He can't read the scoreboard but he can see the guys in front of him," Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said in the final press conference of 2019. "So he's all right."

Apparently, all right wasn't good enough.

Everybody has known Winston is nearsighted since at least his days at Florida State.

Whether it affected his accuracy throwing the football was always a lingering question for the Bucs quarterback.

But one thing is confirmed: Winston recently underwent LASIK surgery to repair his vision.

"Jameis did not want to count out any options that he had that could possibly help him with the game he loves so much," said Denise White, Winston's spokesperson. "He doesn't want to miss out on any opportunity that presents itself. This is the game he loves and he wants to be the best at it and if there are any options that can improve his game he is willing to do it."

Winston fueled not-so-subtle speculation when he posted a picture on Instagram of him wearing oversized, dark sunglasses, the kind you might expect to wear after a long visit to the optometrist, with the statement "They know!!!"

All we know is it can't hurt Winston in 2020 if he can see where he's throwing the football. But nearsightedness notwithstanding, he actually did a better job throwing the deep ball this season with accuracy than at any point in his career.

The word "LASIK" is an acronym for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis." The procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision.

It only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes but improves vision dramatically without the use of corrective eyewear.

It's unknown if this is something Winston did on his own or whether he filled a request from coaches or from anyone with the Bucs.

Winston led the NFL in passing with 5,109 yards and threw 33 touchdowns. It's not a bad talking point for teams should he make it to free agency in March. But the future is so bright, he has to wear shades.

Visit the Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) at www.tampabay.com

0
0
0
0
0

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Jets legend Mark Gastineau is still fired up about Michael Strahan surpassing his sack record almost two decades ago. Strahan currently holds the record for most sacks in a season with 22.5, just half a sack more than Gastineau's 22, which he set in 1984 with Gang Green. The play that gave Strahan the sack record wasn't your typical sack on a quarterback. Then-Packers quarterback Brett Favre ...

  • Updated

CHICAGO (AP) — A former University of Wisconsin football player who is the brother of a standout in the 2011 Super Bowl surrendered to Chicago police on Saturday in connection with the deaths of two people who were found with gunshot wounds on a road in Janesville, Wisconsin.

  • Updated

Antonio Brown is talking about a possible return to the Raiders? Somebody say it ain't so. Anybody. But sure enough, our favorite dysfunctional wide receiver said he spoke with Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Wednesday. "I just talked to Jon Gruden today, might I say," Brown said on Complex's "Load Management" podcast. "I don't know how it's going to go, but who knows? If they want to bring it ...

  • Updated

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings and Intel announced plans Thursday for the NBA’s first research and development site devoted to finding new ways for fans to access replay angles never seen before.

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys' Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin wants one thing known about the Dak Prescott-Tom Brady rumors that he inflamed over weekend: "just cause he repeated it, doesn't mean he believes it." Irvin, who now works for the NFL Network, not so innocently commented on a Boston radio station late last week about the possibility of the Cowboys swapping out Prescott for ...

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News