Vikings safety Cam Bynum makes clutch interception, proudly reps his Filipino roots
He stood before reporters at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon with a Filipino flag proudly draped over his shoulders.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings safety Cam Bynum stood before reporters at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon with a Philippines flag proudly draped over his shoulders. The same flag is prominently displayed above Bynum’s locker inside TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
“Representation,” Bynum said after making a clutch interception that helped the Vikings seal a 27-22 win over the New York Jets. “Just being able to put my flag on the map and hopefully get some more eyes to see what we’re doing in the Philippines to raise money there.”
Fittingly, Bynum also had the Philippines on his feet throughout the game.
As a part of the My Cause My Cleats campaign — an initiative during which NFL players can wear customized cleats to support an organization of their choice — Bynum chose to put on for Keys To Freedom Ministries. The organization helps support victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines a couple of months ago.
“I’m half Filipino, so I rep my roots heavy,” Bynum said. “We do a lot of work in the Philippines trying to raise awareness.”
No better way for Bynum to raise awareness than by playing the game of his life. He finished the game with an interception, a pass deflection, and a handful of big tackles in the open field.
No doubt the biggest play of the day for Bynum was his interception at the goal line with 10 seconds to play. He jumped a pass thrown by quarterback Mike White, ripped the ball out of midair, and effectively ended the game.
“It happened in super slow motion,” Bynum said. “It’s still a blur to me. I barely remember what happened. I just knew they were running double in cuts to the field every single time.”
Because of that, Bynum shuffled inside for a split second, almost trying to bait White into throwing the ball. Then, as soon as Bynum saw White track back to his target, he broke on the ball and made a play.
On top of his interception in the waning seconds, Bynum made a key pass deflection on the opening drive of the game that directly led to an interception by fellow safety Harrison Smith. He would have made another interception had he and cornerback Akayleb Evans not gone for another tipped pass at the same time.
“That was frustrating because I know if I wasn’t so greedy, he would’ve made the pick,” Bynum said. “You have to keep chopping wood knowing that we didn’t get the opportunity there.I didn’t get it and Akayleb didn’t get it. But we knew sometime in the game we were going to come down with it.”
That’s exactly what Bynum did, which prompted quite the celebration in the end zone, and allowed him to rep his Filipino roots postgame.
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