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Walsh wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC, Ryan Longwell Updated: September 12, 2012 - 9:55 AM

First, he wins Zygi's purple tie, and now this ... 

BLAIR WALSH WINS NFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
 
Eden Prairie, MN (September 12, 2012) Vikings rookie K Blair Walsh has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6th-round draft pick out of Georgia was a perfect 4-4 on field goals in his NFL debut. Walsh connected on FGs of 20, 42, 55 and 38 yards, he was 2-2 on extra points. The 55-yard kick sent the Vikings/Jaguars game to overtime and is tied for the 2nd longest FG in team history. Walsh connected on a 38-yard FG in overtime that proved to be the game-winning kick. The 38-yard kick is tied for 3rd longest OT winner in team history.
 
Walsh is the 1st rookie kicker in Vikings history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award. Ryan Longwell is the last Vikings kicker to win the award in 2008. Other Vikings kickers to win the award are: Fuad Reveiz (2x), Gary Anderson (4x), Eddie Murray and Ryan Longwell (2x).

 

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