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.
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
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.