20/20 in 2020? Jameis WInston's LASIK Surgery Has Social Media Blasting His 30 Interception in 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston became the first NFL quarterback in history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same seasons, making him the lone member of the dubious 30/30 club.

Winston underwent LASIK surgery to correct his vision, hoping to perhaps have close to 20/20 vision for the 2020 season.

The unforgiving nature of social media laid into Winston on Wednesday. Before showing the remarks from Twitter, here's a recap of Winston's 2019 season, which was actually the best he's had as a professional—sans the interceptions.

Here are his 2019 numbers, which were by far the best in his career:

  • 380 completions
  • 626 attempts
  • 5,109 yards
  • 33 touchdowns
  • 319.3 yards per game

On the flip side of that, however, were some pretty dismal numbers:

  • 30 interceptions
  • 57.1 QB rating
  • 4.8 interception percentage
  • 7-9 record as a starter
Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after the game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Buccaneers began the season with a 3-7 record before rolling off four-consecutive wins—despite the interceptions piling up. Tampa Bay then lost their final two games of the season.

Winston threw an interception on his team's opening drive five times in a seven-game span, and six times for the season, which was most in the league. He's thrown the most interceptions (87) since he entered the NFL in 2015, and he has the most three-plus interception games (11) in that same span.

Of his 30 picks in 2019, six of them (20%) were returned for touchdowns. That's the most pick sixes thrown in one season since 1950.

Winston has dealt with nearsightedness since his days at Florida State, where he won a Heisman Trophy in 2013 while leading the Seminoles to the national championship. At the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Winston's vision problems.

"[Winston] can't read the scoreboard but he can see the guys in front of him," Arians said in this Rotowire story.

After a game late in the 2019 season when Winston threw four interceptions against the Houston Texans, Arians said the team's turnovers needed to be corrected, and apparently the quarterback's vision as well.

"You just can't have them; you can't have that many," Arians said. "Throwing it to the right guys, those guys have got to win, too. We've been winning one-on-ones. He's used to guys winning one-on-one when he reads it properly and we didn't win."

Then there was Twitter on Wednesday, which drilled into Winston's interceptions. Some said he might now see the right jersey colors, while others said that even if he drops his interception total in half, he will still have 15 picks. Here are some of the comments:

Jameis gonna be making reads like RoboCop now. God, I miss football. pic.twitter.com/qkLK8lbEqx

— Andy Molitor (@AndyMSFW) February 12, 2020

So you're saying jameis is going to get good next season? https://t.co/OnHD0CHeIn

— Mr. Brightside (@2gees2trill) February 12, 2020

He is finally is fixing his eyes with Lasik...

Its about time Jameis!! #JameisWinston pic.twitter.com/scJxl6zIYr

— Daniel McFarland (@DMcFarlandwx) February 12, 2020

Now I know why Jameis threw 30 INTs this season. His vision was just as horrible as mines.

— Rique (@478Rique) February 12, 2020

It’s cool that he’ll know what team he’s throwing to now, but I’m really gonna miss the Jameis squints https://t.co/2x2bCnO87d

— Nick Hehemann (@NickHehemann) February 12, 2020

Twitter Reacts to Jameis Winston Finally Getting LASIK Surgery So He Can Actually See Who He is Throwing The Ball To (Tweets-Vids) https://t.co/IWyP1QwvDB pic.twitter.com/eoAFKnvyIS

— BILL SOURCE (@billsource) February 12, 2020

Jameis Winston after having Lasik and he realizes that teams wear different uniforms pic.twitter.com/AcVS70qfZ5

— Matt Barr (@MattBarr_) February 12, 2020

The NFL doesn’t have enough money to pay a clear eyed Jameis https://t.co/ubJluj7vIn

— Tony Digs (@ToneDigz) February 12, 2020