Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Jr’s dad demands ‘recount’ after son’s Pro Bowl snub

Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Jr’s dad demands ‘recount’ after son’s Pro Bowl snub

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The father of defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. strongly suggested his son was snubbed from a Pro Bowl selection on Wednesday night.

Winfield was named an alternate along with tackle Tristan Wirfs, quarterback Baker Mayfield and defensive lineman Vita Vea. Wide receiver was the lone Tampa Bay player to be selected for the Pro Bowl as he completed his 10th consecutive season with at least 1,000 yards receiving.

Antoine Winfield Jr vs Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety Antoine Winfield Jr., #31, celebrates after making a defensive stop during the regular season game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 3, 2023 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Antoine Winfield Sr. made his case for his son to get into the Pro Bowl. Winfield Jr. established career highs in interceptions (3), passes defended (12), fumble recoveries (5), sacks (5), total tackles (117), solo tackles (73), assisted tackles (44) and QB hits (7) – all with one game to go.

The elder Winfield posted a screenshot of a post from Fox Sports’ NFC South reporter Greg Auman, who compared his son’s stats with safety Budda Baker’s numbers. Baker was named a starter despite zero interceptions, 77 tackles and only playing in 11 games.

Budda Baker vs Eagles

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, #3, looks on during the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 31, 2023 at Lincoln Financial Field. (Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“WE DEMAND A RECOUNT,” Winfield Sr. wrote on Instagram. “(NFL) somebody has some explaining to do!!! Ain’t NO WAY in HELL Buddha Baker goes to the ProBowl ahead of My lil man with NO STATS. I know how important ProBowls are on the Resume & it just so happens to be his Contract year. 

“We ain’t going for the bulls—. Somebody Need to Holla at me.”

Antoine Winfield vs Falcons

Antoine Winfield Jr., #31 of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, forces a fumble from Desmond Ridder, #9 of the Atlanta Falcons, during the first half of the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 10, 2023 in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Winfield Sr. was a three-time Pro Bowler during his NFL career.

Pro Bowl starters are determined via fan votes, player votes and coaches. Each is one-third responsible for the roster makeup.

Should any of the safeties nominated drop out, Winfield will be in. He was a Pro Bowler in 2021.

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