ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott on Wednesday were joined by Florida State University Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston during a visit to Orlando Regional Medical Center to speak with survivors of Pulse nightclub shooting and their families.
"Coach Fisher, Jameis and all of the individuals who have traveled to Orlando to meet with these strong survivors and their families have displayed an incredible amount of love and kindness," said Gov. Scott. "With each visit, these survivors hear the support and hope that is pouring in from across the world, and we will continue to pray for their quick recovery."
Jimbo Fisher is the head football coach for the Florida State University Seminoles. Coach Fisher joined FSU in 2007 and was named head coach in 2010 following the retirement of legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Under the leadership of Coach Fisher, the Seminoles have claimed a national championship and have set the modern record for NFL draft picks with 29 picks over a three-year span.
Jameis Winston is the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a former Seminole athlete. At FSU, under the direction of Coach Fisher, Jameis led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and a victory over the Auburn Tigers in the 2013 National Championship. Jameis won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, becoming the youngest player ever to be honored with the prestigious award.
Other sports stars with ties to Central Florida also recently visited victims of the shooting at ORMC, including former UF and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, Orlando City team captain Kaká, former Orlando Magic player Shaquille O’Neal and former Red Sox and Yankees baseball player Johnny Damon, who went to Dr. Phillips High in Orlando.