Bucs QB Jameis Winston is headed to the Pro Bowl
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Winston was named to ther NFL All Star game Monday night, replacing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.
The rare honor is a reward for Winston, a Rookie of the Year finalist, who joined Cam Newton and Andrew Luck as the only first-year players to pass for 4,000 yards.
Winston is the fifth Bucs player to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining runniing back Doug Martin, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins.
While his season started with an INT that was returned for a TD against the Titans, Winston improved steadily, starting all 16 games and passing for 4,042 yards, a club rookie record, with 22 touchdowns and six rushing TDs.
The combined 28 touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in Bucs history and tie for the third most ever by a first-year player in NFL history. He is the first Bucs quarterback to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl roster since Jeff Garcia in 2007.
Winston's selection in part is due to a number of players withdrawing from the game for injury or other reasons. Newton is playing in Super Bowl 50. Both the Packers Aaron Rodgers and Brady have declined the invitation.