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Bucs' Winston named to Pro Bowl, replaces Brady

Bucs Jameis Winston (3) trots into the end zone unchallenged to score the winning TD during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final drive in their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (11/15/15).

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Bucs Jameis Winston (3) trots into the end zone unchallenged to score the winning TD during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final drive in their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (11/15/15).

Jameis Winston's first NFL pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The last pass of his rookie year will be thrown Sunday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

On Monday, Winston was named to the NFL's all-star game, replacing the Patriots' Tom Brady.

The 22-year-old out of Florida State is the first Bucs rookie quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl. A Tampa Bay QB has been selected to the Pro Bowl three other times: Trent Dilfer (1997), Brad Johnson (2002) and Jeff Garcia (2007).

The honor is a reward for Winston, an offensive rookie of the year finalist who joined Cam Newton and Andrew Luck as the only first-year players to pass for 4,000 yards in NFL history.

Winston is the fifth Bucs player to be named to this year's Pro Bowl, joining RB Doug Martin, DT Gerald McCoy, LB Lavonte David and G Logan Mankins.

While this season for Winston started with an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Titans in Week 1, he improved steadily, starting all 16 games and passing for 4,042 yards, a club rookie record, with 22 touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns.

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, while Brady and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers have declined their invitations.

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