Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) walks off the field following the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Blair Walsh Kicks His Way Into Record Books Again


Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. The Texans won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings fans have already learned to love Blair Walsh.  His power and accuracy on kickoffs and field goals have gotten him numerous team records and awards in just his first year as a Minnesota Viking.  Now, in his sophomore year in the NFL, he can add another achievement to his resume.

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) kicks a field goal in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Blair Walsh now holds the Minnesota Vikings franchise record for most field goals made of 50 yards or more.  The 12th (and record setter) came on Sunday in London, England against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Walsh nailed a 54 yarder in that game to score the first points of the contest.   Although there hasn’t been much said about that field goal, it is one for the record books.

The previous franchise record was held by the kicker that Walsh replaced, Ryan Longwell.  In Longwell’s 96 games with the Vikings, he connected on 11 kicks of 50 yards or longer.   It is astounding that it only took Walsh 20 games to beat this franchise record.

Walsh still has quite a way to go before he can enter the conversation for the NFL record for most field goals made of 50 yards or more.  That mark is currently held by former Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson, with a staggering 52.  It is a good thing Walsh is just 23 years old and has shown no signs of slowing down.  He has also never missed a kick of 50 yards or more in the NFL.

For a more complete list of Walsh’s achievements, check out this older article that outlines all that Walsh was able to accomplish in his rookie year.

Tags: Blair Walsh Jason Hanson Minnesota Vikings Ryan Longwell

  • Daniel Laxen

    I’m a fan, but he missed what would have been a game clinching 44 yard chip shot. That again put the onus on a injury riddled secondary…

    • Ken Johnson

      Walsh had not missed a FG (many from 50+) before that EVER. Give him a break he was bound to miss one sooner or later.

      • Daniel Laxen

        What are you trying to say here? I know he hasn’t missed from outside of 50 yards. What I said was he missed a relative chip shot at 44 that would have iced the game, and NOT put our defense behind the 8 ball. They had been on the field for what seemed an eternity in the 1st half. The time of possession was 20 minutes to 10 in favor of the Steelers, you know? The fact is that the 1st 3 games special teams and Ponder has let this team down. These breakdowns cost teams games because parity is the status quo. Again, the 1st line of my post was…”I’m a Fan.”…I don’t care who causes the problem, just getting it fixed so it doesn’t hamstring another facet of the Vikings team!