Favre The Latest Vikings To Be Named Player Of The Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 4, 2009 – 6:15 pm

Each week the NFL identifies an AFC and NFC Player of the Week for offense, defense and special teams. In a league with as many talented players and outstanding individual performances as the NFL, being distinguished as having the week’s best of the best performances is a significant honor.

After his record-tying (Dan Marino) 21st career 4-TD game this past week against the Packers, Vikings QB Brett Favre was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.  It’s the 2nd time this season he’s received the honor, with both awards following performances against the Packers. In 2 games against his former team in 2009, Favre has passed for 515 yards and 7 TDs without an INT, going 41-of-59 (69.5%) with a 135.9 passer rating.

Favre now has 15 NFL Offensive Player of the Week honors. Just as impressive, the Vikings have now had 11 players of the week since 2006, and Favre is the 3rd Vikings player already this season to be so honored.

Aside from Favre’s 2 awards, both LB Chad Greenway and WR/KR Percy Harvin (vs. San Francisco in Week 3) have been honored as players of the week. Greenway was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2 against Detroit and Harvin was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week against San Francisco in Week 3.

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Vikings Hold Annual Taste Of The NFL Event

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 4, 2009 – 11:54 am

On Monday, November 2, the Vikings hosted their annual Taste of the NFL event at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Vikings players, cheerleaders and alumni joined forces with the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF), Second Harvest Heartland and generous fans to aide hunger relief efforts.

Proceeds generated through the annual Taste of the NFL fall event make it possible for the VCF to expand its efforts into hunger relief, with particular emphasis on childhood hunger through the USDA-sponsored summer lunch program.

“There is an incredible discrepancy in the number of children receiving nourishing meals during the summer months compared to the school year,” said Alice Seagren, Minnesota’s Education Commissioner. “We are grateful for the generosity, ingenuity and leadership the Minnesota Vikings, Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Second Harvest Heartland have provided in improving the participation rate in Minnesota.”

The strolling food and wine event featured sample food from 14 of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities, beverages provided by E&J Gallo, MillerCoors and Pepsi, a silent auction, Vikings autograph sessions, a raffle drawing and celebrity judges and guest voting for “best restaurant of the evening.”

The VCF will donate all proceeds to expand its Summer Lunch Program in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland.  Proceeds from the 2008 Taste of the NFL event helped distribute nearly 200,000 additional meals this past summer.  The Vikings and Second Harvest Heartland goal is to continue to provide meals to children in need by raising money during the 2009 Taste of the NFL event.

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