Jameis Winston: I dream of being a QB like Tom Brady

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Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston may have been a little star struck Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback spoke to Tom Brady after losing to the New England Patriots and appeared to be in awe of the experience.

"I just said, 'It was an honor.' I told him thank you. A lot," Winston said, according to Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss of ESPN. "That's a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team."

Winston added that he grew up admiring Brady.

"Utmost respect for him," Winston added. "He's definitely an inspiration to me and the quarterback position, definitely. Like every young kid growing up with a football in their hand aspiring to be like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana - guys of that nature. It was a privilege and an honor to meet him, to look him in his eye, to shake his hand. It felt good. That was another highlight of my night."

Brady seemed to enjoy the meeting as well.

"I feel that same way about a lot of younger players, too," Brady said. "I watch those guys and try to learn from them. When I was young, I learned from the older guys. And now that I'm older, I'm trying to learn from the young guys. He's a great young player and he obviously led the team back tonight, and they were very close. He's got a great future."

Winston certainly has a long way to go to achieve everything Brady has accomplished in his career, but he seems to already possess the 40-year-old's competitive nature.

"I hate that he beat me, but he beats a lot of people," said Winston.