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Antoine Winfield Jr. dedicates performance to his father

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NFL: NFC Divisional Round-Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he hasn’t played for the Minnesota Vikings since 2012, many fans of the purple still have fond memories of cornerback Antoine Winfield. One of the most tenacious defenders of his era, despite his lack of size, Winfield provided a lot of big moments for the Vikings during his time with the team.

That propensity for big moments has continued through his son, Antoine Winfield Jr., a defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the Bucs’ 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints, Winfield the Younger made his presence felt with a forced fumble that set up the tying touchdown for the Bucs and propelled them to a victory.

After the game, Winfield Jr. dedicated the game to his father through an Instagram post.

The post is a video clip of his forced fumble with the following caption:

Made some grown men cry last night and I don’t feel bad about it! That was for my pops back in ‘09 #Bucswin

The 2009 Vikings, as we know, were the team that got cheated by the Saints, their garbage head coach Sean Payton, and their garbage defensive coordinator Gregggggggggggggggg Williams in the NFC Championship Game. Winfield Jr. would have only been about 11 years old when that game took place, but I’m sure he still remembers how his dad felt after the game. . .and, probably, how he and his teammates felt after learning about the garbage that the Saints pulled (and got away with) along the way.

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and to Antoine Winfield Jr. on their big victory on Sunday night. Now. . .go out and get another big win this coming Sunday as well, would you?