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Antoine Winfield Jr. says his goal is to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020

The Buccaneers rookie has high aspirations as he prepares for his first season in the NFL

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. sat down in front of the camera to discuss his lifelong connection with the game of football, and his high aspirations heading into the 2020 NFL Season.

In the latest installment, and first of 2020, of “Meet the Rookies” on Winfield talks about his earliest memory of football being with his father.

“Football became a part of my life ever since I was a young kid,” Winfield says in the video. “I feel like the earliest I can remember is being two-years old, playing football with my dad.”

Of course, Winfield’s dad is none other than Antoine Winfield Sr. who starred at Ohio State University before playing fourteen years in the NFL as part of the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings franchises.

While the elder Winfield defensive back in the family had a very solid career spanning nearly a decade and a half, the younger of the two has his sights set on two things his father unfortunately never accomplished.

“Biggest goal this year is to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year,” Winfield says. “That’s my goal. Getting there, learning all my plays, and eventually earning a starting role. So you know, it’s little steps along the way, but long-term goal I want to be Defensive Rookie of the Year - and a Super Bowl Champion.”

To catch all of what Winfield Jr. had to say about the game and his upcoming rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head to