Bucs rookie standout trying to redeem himself after Super Bowl taunting fine


Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. has apparently turned one of the lasting images of Super Bowl LV into charity for local school kids.

Winfield, who won the Super Bowl in his first year in the league, has made a donation to a Tampa-area school in the same amount -- $7,815 -- he was fined for taunting an opponent in the big game earlier this month.

The donation, earmarked for the Buccaneers Youth Leadership Program at Young Middle Magnet School, is equal to the fine Winfield paid for his brazen provocation of Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, according to the Bucs official website.

The team matched Winfield's donation, bringing the total donation to $15,630.

The school's principal was elated with the gesture, the article said, and gave students an example of someone owning up to their mistakes.

"Our students have already benefited greatly from the Buccaneers Youth Leadership Program at Young Middle Magnet School," said Dr. Henrissa Berry. "This is just another example of how this partnership teaches our learners important life lessons they will bring with them even outside the walls of the classroom."

Winfield, a second-generation football star whose father played with the Vikings and Bills, was flagged after he went out of his way to flash an exaggerated peace sign in Hill's face during the game's closing moments.

Some fans cried foul about the apparent lack of sportsmanship, but Winfield later said he was just settling an old score.

Hill had apparently flashed a peace sign of his own -- in addition to backflipping his way into the end zone for a score - in the direction of Bucs defenders during his historic 13-catch, 269-yard, three-touchdown career day in late November.

"Since it got a lot of media attention, it was out there, and I wanted to just spin it in a way to make it positive," Winfield said. "And what better way than to give back to the Youth Leadership program that I did all year? That was kind of how that kind of came about because I was thinking of different things I could do. I spent the whole year with the kids and talking to them and everything, so I feel like that was a good opportunity to go with those guys."

He was singing a different tune after the Super Bowl, however, and was seemingly unapologetic about the stunt.

"The taunting, man it's something I had to do," he told reporters after the game. "When we played them earlier, Hill went off on us. He backflipped right in front of my face and gave me the peace sign. So, it was only right that I gave him the peace sign right back to him. It felt amazing to be able to do that."

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