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Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield Named To Pro Bowl

The only member of the Minnesota Vikings' secondary that didn't outright stink for most of the season has been recognized for his efforts on the field this season.

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Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team yesterday as a replacement player. We could discuss which player he'd be replacing, but really. . .who cares?

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The 12th-year man out of Ohio State was a force in run support once again, notching 91 combined tackles, along with five passes defended and two interceptions. He also forced two fumbles on the season, including what may have been the Vikings' best defensive play of the year against the Philadelphia Eagles, as he knocked the ball away from Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick near the end of the first half, scooped up the loose ball, and rolled in for what was the tying touchdown.

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His pass defended and interception numbers don't look terribly impressive, I'll grant that. . .but that largely has to do with the fact that opposing quarterbacks were busy kicking the rear ends of every other member of the Vikings' secondary rather than throwing at Winfield. Can't say that I blame them.

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Congratulations to Winfield. . .one of the best corners in the NFL, bar none. . .on another trip to Honolulu.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.