Heisman Trophy Winner Serves Community Service at Florida YMCA

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston served 20 hours of community service at a Y after he was cited for shoplifting last week for taking $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket.

Hey, who's that Heisman Trophy-winning national championship quarterback over there in the fitness area of my local YMCA? Why, that's Florida State's Jameis Winston!

You'll have to forgive the members of the North West YMCA in Tallahassee, FL, who were more than a bit surprised to see Winston doing custodial work at their facility.

As first reported by TMZ (hey, they break a lot of news) and confirmed by USA Today, Winston served his 20 hours of community service at the Y after he was cited for shoplifting last week for taking $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket. Twitter had a field day with this news—SB Nation collected the 10 best tweets about Winston's crab leg heist, and they're worth a look.

Winston spent five hours a day from Thursday through Sunday working—but not working out—at the Y, USA Today reported. Ray Purvis, the president and CEO of the Tallahassee-based Capital Region YMCA, told the newspaper Winston interacted with and was well received by members on the fitness floor—in addition to doing some cleaning, mopping and other custodial duties.

"My staff person tells me he came in and had a good attitude and performed the community service and completed that obligation," Purvis said.

Winston, who was cleared of sexual assault charges a few weeks before Florida State won college football's BCS national championship in January, also plays on the Florida State baseball team. He was suspended from the baseball team after the shoplifting citation but has been reinstated.

"We are certainly very glad that Jameis chose to come to the Y," Purvis told USA Today. "There are a lot of connections obviously in our community between most of the community service organizations and Florida State, so we're just glad that we were there and glad that he was able to get that out of the way."

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