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Troubled 2000 FSU Class Suggests Winston Will Be Fine

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Sebastian Janikowski


Sabastian Janikowski has faced trouble with the law as much as any former Florida State player, yet it's not the first thing most fans associate with his name after a solid NFL career. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Sabastian Janikowski has faced trouble with the law as much as any former Florida State player, yet it's not the first thing most fans associate with his name after a solid NFL career. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

Interestingly, Sebastian Janikowski arguably has had the most success of all the Seminoles drafted in 2000. He's also the one that constantly found trouble. 

Janikowski got into a couple of bar fights in 1998 as a member of the FSU squad. Then in 2000, after he had decided he would enter the draft, he was arrested for trying to bribe an officer and, in a separate incident, for possession of a controlled substance.

Oakland didn't seem to care. The Raiders took the kicker in the first round with the 17th overall pick. Yet he still found trouble a few more times. A 2003 restaurant fight resulted in a misdemeanor assault charge and in 2011 he faced misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges.

Still, if you ask most fans, they likely remember Janikowski as one of the highest-paid kickers, a guy with a huge leg who has spent his entire career to this point in the silver and black. They may know of the seven arrests dating back to his college days, but the question still remains, who will give the run-ins with the law a second thought after a stellar career?