LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin was graced with some big NFL talent Wednesday night.
Former Lufkin Panther Jorvorskie Lane has continuously come back to his roots for one charitable act after another. This time, he gave some kids their chance to meet who they deem as their hero- Jameis Winston.
"When I found out it was Jameis Winston, he's been a lifelong hero for me and he's a guy I want to be when I grow up," said Will Stafford.
Winston and Lane have developed a friendship over the years as teammates with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was a surprise Lane had been working to make happen for the kids in his "Lane of Hope" foundation.
"Jorvorskie is a very dear friend of mine and I'm here because of what he does for his community. The fact that he asked me to come back and speak to the kids in his community, is heartwarming to me that he trusts me with that tremendous job and I love him from my dearest heart," said Winston. "The heart that he plays with and the passion that he has is not just on the football field, it's in this community as well and I really respect that.
The first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft met with that children at the Pizza Hut in Lufkin. The night was filled with games, laughter, motivational speaking, and more importantly, pizza.
"It's big. It shows that there is hope," said Lane. "Like I was telling Jameis on the way here, I'm pretty sure they're tired of seeing me every time. With him coming in and doing what he's doing, I'm sure they'll go to school with a whole different approach to it. I'm excited about these kids getting to meet Jameis."
The fact that Winston is working out in Houston this offseason, made the trip to Lufkin an easier one.
While in Houston, Winston has been spotted working out with another one of our bright East Texas stars, Adrian Peterson.
The Palestine native is still a free agent, and he might be 32 years old, but Winston said Peterson's still got it.
"Adrian Peterson is arguably one of the greatest running backs of all time. His work ethic makes it seem like he's just entering the NFL. It's very inspiring," said Winston. "He's super strong, he's healthy, he looks amazing and I would just love the privilege to be on his football team today."
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter told ESPN he wanted to talk to Winston about how Peterson's workouts went.