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Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month


Vikings kicker Blair Walsh keeps not missing, so he keeps winning awards.

The rookie was named NFC special teams player of the month for December.

He was actually 11-of-12 on field goals for the month, but hit all five attempts from 50 yards or longer. For the season, he’s 10-of-10 from long-range, a league record.

Three of those came at St. Louis on Dec. 16, a single-game record for field goals of 50 yards or longer.

While many teams are hesitant to draft kickers, or trust young ones, Walsh has been well worth the investment of a sixth-rounder.

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5 Responses to “Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jan 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    I thought I would never say this about a kicker, but Walsh has been a beast!

    Between him and Zuerlein, I don’t know who is going to be better in the long run but their respective teams won’t have problems at kicker for the next decade.

  2. expodis says: Jan 3, 2013 12:15 PM

    I just hope he can hit a 38 yarder when it counts….

  3. wludford says: Jan 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    Some questioned taking a kicker in the 6th round. He was a steal… not just for his FG and 50+ FG %, but also all the touchbacks…

  4. elliottcovert says: Jan 3, 2013 12:43 PM

    This was really a genius pick by Spielman. When you think about it, having an elite kicker can be the difference between a win and a loss probably three or four times per season.

    After I saw his stats from his senior year at Georgia, I was scratching my head. As a Vikings fan, I’ve never been more thrilled to be wrong.

  5. Ponder This says: Jan 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    It would be difficult to find a better season for a kicker in NFL history. Gary Anderson made all his field goal attempts in 1998 but missed a big one in the playoffs. I hope Walsh gets a chance to kick a game winner in the playoffs, perhaps in Atlanta?

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