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.
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.