Vikings legend furious about son's omission from 2024 Pro Bowl Games

Former  Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield
Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield was less than pleased when he found out his son was not among those selected for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games.

On Wednesday, the NFL revealed the rosters for the upcoming 2024 Pro Bowl Games, which included two members from the 2023 Minnesota Vikings, Danielle Hunter and Andrew DePaola.

Not among those who were selected, however, is the son of former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Needless to say, the elder Winfield was pretty unhappy about his son's Pro Bowl snub, and he let his feelings be known with a post on his personal Instagram account.

Winfield posted the following caption with a photo comparing his son's 2023 stats with Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, who was selected to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster over the younger Winfield.

"WE DEMAND A RECOUNT 🤬🤬🤬. @nfl somebody has some explaining to do!!! Ain’t NO WAY in HELL Buddha Baker goes to the Pro Bowl ahead of My lil man with NO STATS 🤬. I know how important Pro Bowls are on the Resume & it just so happens to be his Contract year 🤔. We ain’t going for the Bulls**t. Somebody need to Holla at me 🤬🤬🤬."

Minnesota Vikings safety Josh Metellus was also a Pro Bowl snub this season

Winfield's son wasn't the only safety who could make a case that they were more deserving of a Pro Bowl selection this season than Baker.

Current Vikings safety Josh Metellus had himself a career-best performance this season, and there is plenty of evidence that help prove that he should have been selected to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster over Baker.

In 16 games this season, Metellus has accumulated 110 tackles (seven for a loss), 26 pressures, four forced fumbles, four pass breakups, 2.5 sacks, and one interception. He also has the 26th-best defensive grade from PFF among qualifying safeties heading into Week 18.

Much better numbers than Baker, who has 77 tackles (five for a loss), only four pressures, no sacks, no pass breakups, no interceptions, and no forced fumbles in 11 games this season.

And when it comes to he Cardinals safety's defensive grade from PFF, his mark ranks 53rd among qualifying safeties heading into the final week of the 2023 regular season.

So not only does Winfield's son have a much better resume than Baker during the 2023 campaign, but a case can also easily be made for Metellus as a more deserving choice for a Pro Bowl spot this season than the Arizona safety.

Thankfully, there's a chance that Metellus could still represent the Vikings in the 2024 Pro Bowl Games, as he was named a second alternate for the NFC roster on Wednesday. Meaning if two safeties from the NFC roster elect not to participate in this season's Pro Bowl Games, then he'll get the call to replace one of them.

It's certainly possible that this could be what ends up happening, but it's not the path that Metellus should have to take in order to earn his first-ever Pro Bowl selection.