Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says it is "kudos" to him that he was replaced in the team by Tom Brady, whom he labelled "the GOAT".
Winston was starting QB for five seasons with the Bucs after being drafted at number one overall in 2015.
He was not retained in free agency after a rollercoaster 2019 season saw him lead the NFL with 5,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, but also throw 30 interceptions.
The Bucs instead landed Brady on a two-year deal, having said they "never dreamed" the 42-year-old would have been available after 20 glorious years with the New England Patriots.
Winston said to Fox News: "One thing you can learn about me is my faith.
"I have tremendous faith in the Lord and one thing about Tom Brady is it is understood that he is the GOAT [greatest of all time].
"For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that is kudos to me."
Still 26, Winston hopes he has a bright future ahead of him, although his immediate next move is unclear as he remains a free agent.
He added: "At the end of the day, it's a competitive sport. We [are] all in the business. So, I'm excited for whatever opportunity may hold.
"I'm gonna have to play the Tom Bradys, the Patrick Mahomes, and all the other great quarterbacks eventually.
"That is how you win Super Bowls and that is what I want."
Winston had previously bid the Bucs farewell in a social media post last month.
He expressed his love and respect for Tampa after "a great five seasons" and added he would see them at the Super Bowl, which the Bucs are hosting at the end of the 2020 season.
The team responded by thanking Winston "from the bottom of our hearts".