It’s always a bit sad when the Minnesota Vikings aren’t in the playoffs. The games aren’t as fun to watch and picking a team to root for in their place just isn’t the same. However, fans of the purple and gold may want to consider cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going forward, or at least root for a certain Vikings legend’s son.
During the 2020 NFL Draft, many Vikings fans were hoping to see their favorite team select Antoine Winfield Jr. Even though it didn’t end up happening, he seems to have found a great home in Tampa Bay.
The Bucs are having success with Tom Brady and company, and on Sunday, they advanced to the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers after defeating the New Orleans Saints.
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Winfield had a great game in the farewell contest for Drew Brees, picking up six tackles and forcing a fumble that put Tampa Bay in a great position to add more points to their total. The Bucs ended up winning the matchup by a final score of 30-20.
On Monday, Winfield took to his Instagram account to share a short video from the game and a photo of his forced fumble. While that is great, the caption he added to the photo proved he had some extra fuel in his gas tank for this game.
Of course, Minnesota fans know exactly what he is talking about. Antoine Winfield Sr. was in the 2009 NFC Championship between the Vikings and Saints that would later be known as part of the “Bountygate” scandal.
Back then, New Orleans was rewarding their players for injuring their opponents. That clearly left a bad taste in the mouth of the younger Winfield, but it also added to his pleasure of knocking the Saints out of the playoffs on Sunday.
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So, if any Minnesota fans still haven’t picked a team to root for during this season’s playoffs, Winfield and the Bucs seem like a good option. Not just because he loved beating the Saints and he will be facing the Packers next, but because it’s obvious that there is still some purple and gold in his blood.