By Marc Weinreich
May 01, 2014

Phil Simms declined to comment on a question about whether college athletes should be paid in light of Jameis Winston being caught allegedly stealing crab legs from a Publix. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Jameis Winston led FSU to a national title in his first year as starting quarterback. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Phil Simms was caught off guard when he was approached by TMZ on Thursday while exiting a building in New York City, but the two-time Super Bowl champion spoke rather candidly on the subject of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and how he should be viewed in light of his run-in with the law this week.

Winston was cited on Tuesday for stealing crab legs from a Tallahassee Publix, according to an announcement from the Leon County Sheriff's Office. The Heisman winner was subsequently suspended from the Seminoles' baseball team, but Simms said on Thursday that Winston should be forgiven because "he's a young kid...we all did stuff in college that we always regret."

Simms also said he does not expect the incident to affect Winston's draft stock in the future.

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