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Jameis Winston calls it “honor” and “blessing” to chat with Tom Brady

New England Patriots v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes his way off the field following the Bucs’ loss to the New England Patriots at an NFL football game on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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When Tom Brady finished his postgame press conference last night, there was an eager fan waiting in the tunnel to meet him.

It was the guy he had just beaten.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who raved about Brady earlier in the week, waited for the chance to meet one of his heroes.

“I just said, ‘It was an honor.’ I told him thank you. A lot,” Winston said, via “That’s a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team.”

Winston didn’t get into all the details of their conversation (though we suspect it was something like this) but he was clearly a little starstruck.

“Utmost respect for him,” Winston said. “He’s definitely an inspiration to me and the quarterback position, definitely. Like every young kid growing up with a football in their hand aspiring to be like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana — guys of that nature. It was a privilege and an honor to meet him, to look him in his eye, to shake his hand. It felt good. That was another highlight of my night.

“I hate that he beat me, but he beats a lot of people.”

Brady probably gets that from a lot of young quarterbacks, but it was clear it made a deeper impact on Winston, despite the result of the game.