Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield started Sunday against Jacksonville and helped stabilize a young secondary just four days after his younger brother, Anthony Travis, was murdered in Akron, Ohio. Winfield's brother was 30.
Winfield did not practice Thursday, the day after learning of his brother’s death. But he returned to Winter Park on Friday and made his 159th career start against the Jaguars. Winfield was credited with four tackles with his teammates rallying around him and the coaching staff impressed with his fortitude. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier called Winfield a “very courageous young man, a very strong young man.”
“I have so much respect for Antoine,” Frazier said. “To experience the loss that he experienced this week and to come to work, to work as hard as he did and then to play in the ballgame and play as well as he did, I don’t know that I could have done that. I don’t know many people that could have done that.