Bucs’ Antoine Winfield Jr. a nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year

The safety, who is having a Pro Bowl-worthy performance on the field, is being recognized for his impact on the community.
Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is being honored by the NFL for his work with children in foster care.
Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. is being honored by the NFL for his work with children in foster care. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Dec. 5, 2023

TAMPA — Antoine Winfield Jr. is having the kind of performance on the field this season that could earn him another selection to the Pro Bowl.

But his accomplishments off the field already have been recognized and could lead to potentially one of the NFL’s biggest honors.

Winfield is the Bucs’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The safety has worked with local foster children since entering the league in 2020, becoming involved with two local nonprofits, Heart Gallery of Tampa and A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay. Winfield has funded several outings across Tampa Bay to provide memorable experiences for children in foster care.

“It means everything to me to be nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year,” Winfield said in a news release. “Every year, the organization has the opportunity to nominate an individual and this was a goal that I set for myself. It’s great to not only be nominated, but to have the platform of this great award to now shed light on some of the most pressing issues in our community.”

On the field, Winfield has 89 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. As a nominee, Winfield will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season in recognition of his accomplishments.

All 32 nominees will be recognized for their achievements during the week leading up to Super Bowl 58. The Man of the Year winner will be announced during the prime-time NFL Honors special on Feb. 8 (CBS).

Each nominee will receive up to a $55,000 donation, and the winner gets a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

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