When Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston looks to throw downfield Sunday, he'll be doing so against a familiar face in Panthers cornerback James Bradberry. Winston, 23, and Bradberry, 24, grew up in towns eight miles apart outside Birmingham, with Winston in Bessemer and Bradberry just north in Pleasant Grove. "We go way, way back," Winston said with a smile Thursday morning. "I've been playing football against James Bradberry since I was about 7, 8. We've been (in) rivalries, really since we started playing football." In Little League, Bradberry played for the Hueytown Saints and Winston played for the Bessemer Tigers. "We beat them then," Winston said. In middle school and high school, Bradberry played for Pleasant Grove and Winston for Hueytown. "My junior year, they beat us and he had a great game," said Winston, whose only regular-season loss that season came against Bradberry's team.
Bama bond: Bucs’ Winston, Panthers CB Bradberry go way back
Tampa Bay Times | Dec 22