EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh is having an impressive year for a rookie – and is breaking records to prove it.
On Wednesday, the Vikings announced that Walsh has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the St. Louis Rams.
He joins only Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson as the only players in Vikings history to earn the honor multiple times in their first year.
In the week 15 game, the sixth-round draft pick from Georgia connected on all five of his field goals – three of them from 50-plus yards. His three 50-plus field goals in one game tied an NFL record for most in one game and also set a Vikings record.
Walsh also holds the Vikings’ rookie scoring record with 117 points after passing Randy Moss’ 106 points in 1998. His 47 touchbacks are a franchise high and ranks fourth in the NFL.
Other Vikings kickers to win the award are: Fuad Reveiz (twice), Gary Anderson (four times), Eddie Murray and Ryan Longwell (twice).