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Minnesota Vikings' rookie kicker Blair Walsh has received all sorts of accolades during his first season in the NFL. He's set the NFL record for most field goals of 50 or more yards in a season with ten (and his first miss from 50 yards out or more will be the first of his career) while going 35-of-38 overall in replacing veteran Ryan Longwell. He also set a team record for touchbacks with 53, finishing third in the NFL in that category.
Well, after helping push the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs, Walsh has received one more honor this season, as he was once again named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week.
This is the third time this season that Walsh has received this honor. He received it after Minnesota's Week 1 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and again in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the St. Louis Rams. He is the first Vikings rookie to be named a player of the week three times in a season. . .yes, not even Adrian Peterson or Randy Moss accomplished that. . .and is the first rookie to be named Special Teams Player of the Week three times since Devin Hester did it back in 2006.
Congratulations to Blair Walsh on this honor, and here's hoping there are many more special teams honors coming his way in a long career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.