For the better part of two hours Saturday, Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston sat on a dais with his younger brother perched on his lap, listening politely as politicians and local dignitaries sung his praises.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner had gotten a police escort to the stadium where he'd starred in high school, and he had security stationed nearby, even if a hefty percentage of the 250 or so spectators were extended family.

When it was finally Winston's turn to speak at the ceremony honoring him in his hometown of Hueytown, Alabama, he pulled the microphone from the podium and preached to the assembled masses.