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Kicker Walsh gets Zygi's tie

  • September 11, 2012 - 9:00 AM

Rookie kicker Blair Walsh didn't retrieve the football from either the tying or winning field goals. But he did receive a unique memento for his heroics: owner Zygi Wilf's tie.

Apparently, Wilf does this occasionally, if the moment is right. And what better moment than a rookie showing both a big leg and cool nerves in his first game?

"Literally off his neck and he threw it at me," Walsh said. "I was like, 'All right.' It's a nice tie. I couldn't even read whatever the brand was, that's usually a good sign. I didn't want to touch it, or smell it or anything like that. I just sort of put it in the locker."

Earlier, as Walsh ran onto the field for his 55-yard attempt, Adrian Peterson slapped him on the helmet.

"He kind of turned it actually," Walsh said. "I was laughing when I was running on the field because I couldn't believe he just did that. Most people don't even want to touch the kicker or talk to him or anything. Christian just gave me a little low high-five as I was walking by, and [Peterson] went and slapped my helmet. I don't think he knows how strong he is."

Walsh said the slap "broke my concentration a little bit. I was like, 'Wow, that was ridiculous. I'm just going to go hit this kick.' "

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