When Jameis Winston earned his first big NFL paycheck he used a solid portion of it to help his grandmother, Myrtle Winston, live more comfortably by buying her a brand-new chair to relax in when she watched him play games.
"It was like a $4,000 chair," Winston said, via ESPN.com. "It was one of those lift chairs." It even had built-in massage functionality.
MyrtlediedWednesday at the age of 70.
Profoundly important in Jameis' upbringing, shewas unable to travel whenher grandson was being taken first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead of walking across the big stage with all the lights, Winston stayed home to watch with his beloved grandmother.
Her Type 2 diabetes didn't allowher to travel, which is why Winston wanted to be selected by a team that played near Alabama. The NFC South was the best bet. Then,Myrtle would be just2 1/2hours from Atlanta and less than five from New Orleans.
"I have a true passion for her," Winston said. "I have a true passion for those kids that battle a disease that we haven't found a cure for yet."
One of Jameis, and likely Myrtle's, fondest recent memories was when Myrtle got to witness live Jameis' first NFL win — Week 2 of the 2015 NFL season —inside the Superdome in New Orleans.
"My grandma never came to my college games, so that was amazing to see her out there. To see her out there on the sideline before the game, I was pumped up," Winston said.