Ep. 13: Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings Kicker


When talking to Minnesota Vikings Kicker Blair Walsh you get the sense of a man that is focused on what’s ahead. He’s moved past last season, and is primed for a big season for a Vikings team with high expectations. In other words, he’s got the right mindset to play what can sometimes be a very unforgiving position. Most of that is because he knows what’s important, which is a testament to his strong family and support system. Blair, statistically, is a top-5 Kicker in the National Football League since he debuted in 2012. At age 22, he was named 1st Team All-Pro in the NFL (the only rookie on the team that year) and set numerous Viking and NFL records along the way. In 2015, he made almost 97% of the Extra Points he attempted and almost 86% of the Field Goals he attempted.

In today’s episode, Blair and I discuss his early days, kicking in Boca Raton Florida (5:00), his recruiting experience (7:00), how his experience at UGA helped him in his transition to the NFL (11:00), the preparation it takes to be successful in the NFL (25:00), which Viking not named Adrian Peterson should be on your Fantasy Football radar (37:00), his thoughts on Mark Richt and Kirby Smart (42:00), and much, much, more.

You can follow Blair Walsh on Twitter (@blairwalsh3) and Instagram (@blairwalsh_3). You can also follow the Minnesota Vikings as they prepare for the 2016-2017 season and beyond on Twitter (@vikings) and Instagram (@vikings).

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