Starstruck Every Day

April 16th, 2021

It made no difference to Antoine Winfield, Jr. that he grew up with a dad in the NFL and playin with Adrian Peterson on the Vikings sidelines.

Winfield entered the league just about as NFL-ready as any player could be, and still he was starstruck by what he found at One Buc Palace.

The Bucs’ stud young safety — Ice up, Cheetah! — was asked on the Behind The Mask podcast about whether he was in awe looking around the Tampa Bay locker room when he arrived. Winfield said he most definitely was and it did not end.

”I did that every day,” he said. “Every day I walk in, I’m like, ‘Look at all these players in this locker room. This is crazy. I grew up watching all these guys; now I’m out playing with them.’ It’s surreal.”

Of course, Winfield was asked about Tom Brady’s impact and/or for a Brady story. Winfield simply explained that Brady’s approach to every minute of practice is something he’s trying to emulate. And he shared that before the Super Bowl he overheard a Brady-Rob Gronkowski discussion about a specific pass route that was delivered in such detail by Brady that Winfield felt he had never heard anything like that before.

Fun stuff.

As for 2021, Winfield said more takeaways is a major personal goal for him, and he was adamant that the Bucs are under no pressure to repeat as Super Bowl champs. The only pressure, per Winfield, is to come out and work hard every single day.

13 Responses to “Starstruck Every Day”

  1. Bird Says:

    This kid already walks and talks like a Vet
    Bucs struck gold getting him in second round

    Off topic, have you seen the devin white on his horse bobblehead. Pimp
    Im a grown arse man but may have to get one

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    A rookie. Give it a few years. He’s going to become an elite name.

  3. REDZONE BA Says:

    Will always love the kid for for flashing that “two finger” sign to Cheetah at perfect moment. MOXY!

  4. Swampbuc Says:

    This dude is 22 or so and he says the only thing is to work hard every day — just love it. 22 going on 35!

  5. Buc UK Says:

    See, one of my major personal goals for this year is LESS takeaways! Glad to know that Me and the stud differ in that as well!

  6. Medicated Pete Says:

    I just re-watched him being drafted. He & his family were so excited to come to Tampa

  7. OneBucc55 Says:

    How Winfield lasted to the second round is beyond me…

    Hats off to Licht; he got off to a rough start but over the last 3 or 4 years he’s really become one of the best GMs/drafters in the league…Jason Licht was 1 of the few things Lovie Smith got right here in Tampa…

  8. Bird Says:

    I made this comment before and so this is regurgitated comments

    They redid last years draft matching team need but more importantly overall talent /level of play

    Wirfs was #4 pick to giants
    Winfield was #8 pick to ( whoever picked 8-i forget)

    Pretty cool stuff. Our first 2 picks in top 10 of first round
    We got some absolute studs last year

    Hope we can continue with another great draft

  9. Bradinator Says:

    Still in awe of this kid and Wirfs too. The maturity level and play level for these 2 is crazy. Pro Bowl this next season for one or both.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Hope Licht and Arians are able to keep this draft train going. Excellent picks the last coupe of drafts, with 2020 being the cream of the crop. I’m really anxious to see what small school gem Licht will come up with to plug into the O-line.

  11. cmurda Says:

    Licht absolutely nailed this pick in every way. I wanted AWJr simply because I watched his Dad ball and the pedigree had to be there. It sure is and then some. It’ so fun watching this kid and he’s going to get even better. Watch out now.

  12. Jason from jamaica Says:

    Winfield’s height is probably why some teams “hesitated” to pick him.

  13. South Jersey Bucs fan Says:

    You can tell his dad trained him and raised him right. Can’t wait to watch him and the rest of that defense when he comes to Philly