Blair Walsh Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2013 – 6:48 am

Vikings K Blair Walsh has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 17 performance against the Green Bay Packers. Walsh sent the Vikings into the playoffs with a 29-yard FG as time expired, and he also connected on FGs of 54 and 37 yards in the 37-34 win. This was Walsh’s second game-winning kick of the 2012 season (Week 1 vs. Jacksonville).

Walsh has won this award 3 times and becomes the first rookie to do so since Devin Hester in 2006. Until now, no Vikings rookie has ever won the Player of the Week Award 3 times in one season (A. Peterson – 2007, R. Moss – 1998). The Pro Bowl kicker was honored after his Week 1 performance against Jacksonville and his Week 15 showing in St. Louis.

The Georgia product was 10-10 on FGs of 50+ yards this season, a NFL record. He led the NFL in FGs with 35 and was 4th in scoring with 141 points. His 92.1 FG percentage is the best in NFL history by a rookie kicker. Walsh was 35-38 on the season and was 3rd in the NFL with 53 touchbacks.

Other Vikings kickers to win the award are: Fuad Reveiz (2x), Gary Anderson (4x), Eddie Murray and Ryan Longwell (2x).

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6 Responses to “Blair Walsh Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week”

  1. By Kathy P on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to you Blair because you deserve this award for sure!

  2. By vikingfanforlife on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Super Bowl bound. I like it…Blair Walsh kicking the winning field goal in the Super Bowl. Ok who are we going to draft first? I am thinking a wide receiver. How about a mean nose tackle? Maybe a safety or a defensive back. Keeping Ponder opens up lots of possibilities.

  3. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    One has to ask themselves. If it was not for RGIII and Andrew Luck, Do you think Walsh is deserving of being included in the rookie of the year conversation???????? I DO!

    The kid has broken records already in his first season, not only do I think the records he sets will hold for awhile, I think he will continue to beat his own records. I am waiting for the day that we have to put all of our eggs in his basket and have him kick a 64 yarder. I think if anyone in this league is going to hit that kick, it is going to be Walsh. Depending on wind and direction of wind, he may get his chance in OT this saturday to pull out one of the greatest Wildcard wins in PLAYOFF HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By Daniel on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to him

  5. By norsejeremyw on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Hats off to you Blair, coaches, and scouts!! :)

  6. By Eggnog on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Blair u are awesome man keep it up brother !

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