Antoine Winfield Jr. matching Super Bowl fine with charity donation

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The NFL fined Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. for flashing Tyreek Hill‘s signature peace sign in the receiver’s face in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LV.

Winfield said afterward that he gladly would pay any fine, which ended up being $7,815.

Winfield now is turning the fine into philanthropy by giving a matching amount to the Buccaneers Youth Leadership Program, which entails players and staff members serving as mentors for 25 students at a middle school in Tampa.

The program was launched as part of the team’s Social Justice Initiative.

“Since [the fine] got a lot of media attention, it was out there, and I wanted to just spin it in a way to make it positive,” Winfield told the team’s official website, “and what better way than to give back to the youth leadership program that I did all year? That was kind of how that kind of came about, because I was thinking of different things I could do. I spent the whole year with the kids and talking to them and everything, so I feel like that was a good opportunity to go with those guys.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Social Justice Fund will match Winfield’s $7,815 donation for a total contribution of $15,630 to the school. For more information or to donate, visit educationfoundation.com.

11 responses to “Antoine Winfield Jr. matching Super Bowl fine with charity donation

  1. Good kid. If anyone never say the video of him hugging his dad after the game, seek it out. Such an incredible moment for them.

  2. Love AWJR and his dad – pivoting – a society properly funded will prosper without dontations. Love AWJR and his dad. Good People.

  3. Winfield is a great player & a greater person. And he’s only a rookie. Congrats to him and his parents.

  4. Winfield Jr seems to be in every way shape and form from the same mold as the man he got his name from. A bit undersized? Probably, but he’s a true professional on and off the field. Bucs are going to reap the rewards of that pick for years. He almost single handedly made the Gophers relevant. And many of have been waiting our entire lives for the Gophers to be relevant.

  5. As a Vikings (and Gophers) fan, nothing but the highest of respect for the Winfield family. In a league with so many jerks, he’s one of the good guys, just like his dad was. And both are/were awesome players as the cherry on top.

  6. Put him man to man against Hill all game long and he’ll get torched, shredded and embarrassed to the point of crawling under a rock. He doesn’t get to line up 20 yards off the ball and have the strength of 2 safeties over the top protection.

  7. Chebornek – Ah, dude, he’s a safety, not a CB. TB’s game plan was to minimize big plays by KC and sacrifice the run protection. KC decided to not push the running game to potentially open up vertical passing…which made no sense.

  8. Chebornek, that’s why it ist called a TEAM.
    You Play together, you Win together, you Lose together.

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