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Walsh wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted by: Mark Craig under Rookies, Vikings, NFC, NFL draft, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Longwell Updated: December 19, 2012 - 11:21 AM

And you thought Blair Walsh and Randy Moss didn't have anything in common ...

Multiple winners of an NFC player of the week award:

BLAIR WALSH WINS NFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
 
Eden Prairie, MN(December 19, 2012)Vikings rookie K Blair Walsh has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 15 performance against the St. Louis Rams. The 6th-round draft pick from Georgia connected on all 5 of his field goals attempts including 3 from 50+ yards. During the 36-22 victory, Walsh was true from 50, 38, 42, 53 and 51 yards. His 3 50+ yard FGs tied an NFL record for most 50+ yard FGs in one game and also set a Vikings record. On the season, Walsh is 8-8 on 50+ yard FGs which is a Vikings record and ties an NFL record.
 
Walsh joins Adrian Peterson and Randy Moss as the only rookies in Vikings history to win the Player of the Week Award multiple times in their first NFL season. His first award came after his Week 1 performance against Jacksonville. The 175th player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft is having a banner year for the Vikings. He currently 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 4th in the NFL. On the season, Walsh is 29-32 on FGs and 28-28 on extra points.
 
Other Vikings kickers to win the award are: Fuad Reveiz (2x), Gary Anderson (4x), Eddie Murray and Ryan Longwell (2x).

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