When it comes to athletic greatness, at least when it’s being measured in our lifetime, the standard seems to be former NBA player Michael Jordan. Jordan won an NCAA championship, won six NBA titles, was named NBA MVP five times and played on 14 All-Star teams. Above all, he had a flair for the dramatic. It’s fair to say that he’s considered by most to be one of the most clutch athletes of all time.
Thursday night, after watching Jameis Winston lead yet another come-from-behind victory, ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer gave the Seminoles signal-caller the ultimate compliment. He told listeners that he believes that Winston has “some Michael Jordan in him.” His words were met with a great deal of criticism on Twitter, to say the least.
“He’s got some Michael Jordan in him” — Jesse Palmer on Jameis Winston.
— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) October 31, 2014
Jameis Winston has some Michael Jordan in him…? Shutup Jesse Palmer
— JC McNamara (@JC_McNamara) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just said that Jameis Winston has some Michael Jordan in him, but pretty sure he meant Kobe.
— Hunter Johnson (@HunterLJohnson) October 31, 2014
Did Jesse Palmer really just compare Jameis to Michael Jordan in his 3 int game? You can’t even make this stuff up anymore
— Mitchell Appleby (@mda424) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just compared Jameis to Michael Jordan. First, go home Jesse. Second, apologize to Michael.
— Dillon Walker (@Dillon_Walker14) October 31, 2014
ESPN should ban Jesse Palmer for life for comparing Jameis Winston to Michael Jordan.#ChildPlease
— Pat Stover (@pstove) October 31, 2014
when Jesse Palmer said Jameis Winston “has a little Michael Jordan in him” pic.twitter.com/YsW3FjN3MO
— jarrett keyton (@JarrettKeyton) October 31, 2014
“Best big game QB I’ve ever seen…Has some Michael Jordan in him.” -Jesse ‘Complete Dumbass’ Palmer
— Buckeyes SC (@SC_Bucks) October 31, 2014
If I was Michael Jordan I’d kick Jesse Palmer’s ass.
— Jamie (@GodawgJamie) October 31, 2014
Palmer just called Winston “the best big game QB ever” and compared him to Jordan. Sorry Jesse, you will not receive a rose tonight.
— CSchroeder (@CSchroeder) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just compared Jameis to MICHAEL JORDAN. The stupidity that spews from that mans mouth…
— Eddie Clark (@ejclark34) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer comparing Winston to Michael Jordan is like comparing Hitler and Baby Jesus fam
— Lauren Huling (@TheLaurenHuling) October 31, 2014
@ESPN fire Jesse Palmer for disrespecting Michael Jordan and saying Lameist Winston had any of his characteristics
— Rod Stewart (@TheRobNutz) October 31, 2014
— Steve Boyett (@SteveBoyett) October 31, 2014
Goodness gracious. Jesse Palmer is on drugs or being mandated to talk up Winston. Insane what he is saying about him. Michael Jordan? WHAT?
— Jason Sansbury (@jasonsansbury) October 31, 2014
I’m pretty sure Michael Jordan didn’t rape anyone, steal anything, or embarrass himself on a regular basis. Jesse Palmer is an idiot.
— Colby N. Wood (@Colbynwood) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just compared Jameis Winston to Michael Jordan. You are a stone cold dummy. #FSUvsLOU
— Scott McClellan (@bamasevere) October 31, 2014
Jameis has a little “Michael Jordan” in him? Are you kidding me, Jesse Palmer? That’s a Bachelor comment, bro.
— Richard Bombach (@sixfeetsmallOSU) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just compared Crableg Winston to Michael Jordan. What an idiot. Maybe one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.
— Chad McElroy (@DrChadMac) October 31, 2014
Did Jesse Palmer just compare Jameis Winston to Michael Jordan as a big game star?!? That’s immediate grounds for termination. #stupidity
— Kyle Schmidt (@schmidt2301) October 31, 2014
Jesse Palmer just compared Jameis Winston to Michael Jordan… What kind of drugs is he on?
— Luke (@LStewOneTwo) October 31, 2014
In summary, it does not appear that most college football fans agree with Palmer’s assessment. Would they be more inclined to if Winston didn’t have so many off-the-field problems? Maybe. Either way, Winston’s career is just getting started, so he’ll have plenty of time to prove to fans that he’s the real deal.