He credits his teammates at every opportunity, saying they deserved the Heisman, not him. He knows sports history and cites it. He mentions Ethan, 8, the son of Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher. Ethan has a potentially life-threatening blood disorder known as Fanconi anemia.
When he is questioned, usually in some sort of code that includes words such as "the controversy" and the "bad times," he doesn't duck or bob and weave. He jabs back.
He says things such as:
"I didn't do anything wrong."
"What people think outside of this and what people are trying to do, I can't control any of that."
"The football field is my sanctuary."
He also says, bravely and incorrectly, "My life hasn't changed at all."
You wonder if he ever thinks about whether that is the case for the young woman involved in their sexual encounter, whatever it was.
That would be the young woman who doesn't have the same chance to charm the media that Winston does, the young woman who is no longer a student at Florida State.