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Danielle Hunter Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Eagan, Minn. (November 7, 2018) – Vikings DE Danielle Hunter has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Detroit Lions last week. Hunter set a career-high in sacks with 3.5 while adding 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback pressures and 1 fumble recovery that he returned 32-yards for a game-sealing touchdown in the 4th quarter. Hunter became the first player since at least 1982 to record 9 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a touchdown in a single-game. As a defensive unit, the Vikings set a franchise record with 10 sacks.

The 4th year pro, who recently turned 24, leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks. The former LSU Tiger has recorded at least 1.0 sack in 8 of the 9 Viking contests this season. The 3rd round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft (#88 overall) has 37.0 career sacks.

The NFC Player of the Week award is the first of Hunter's career, and the eighth by a Viking defensive player under Head Coach Mike Zimmer.


Defensive, Anthony Barr, LB, 2014, Week 8, at Tampa Bay

Special Teams, Adam Thielen, WR, 2014, Week 13, vs. Carolina

Special Teams, Marcus Sherels, PR, 2015, Week 8, at Chicago

Defensive, Linval Joseph, DT, 2015, Week 9, vs. St. Louis

Defensive, Terence Newman, CB, 2015, Week 10, at Oakland

Special Teams, Blair Walsh, K, 2015, Week 16, vs. NY Giants

Defensive, Everson Griffen, DE, 2015, Week 17, at Green Bay

Defensive, Eric Kendricks, LB, 2016, Week 1, at Tennessee

Offensive, Stefon Diggs, WR, 2016, Week 2, vs. Green Bay

Defensive, Everson Griffen, DE, 2016, Week 3, at Carolina

Defensive, Xavier Rhodes, CB, 2016, Week 11, vs. Arizona

Offensive, Sam Bradford, QB, 2017, Week 1, vs. New Orleans

Special Teams , Kai Forbath, K, 2017, Week 7, vs. Baltimore

Defensive Harrison Smith, S, 2017, Week 16, at Green Bay

Defensive Harrison Smith, S, 2018, Week 1, vs. San Francisco

Defensive Danielle Hunter, DE, 2018, Week 9, vs. Detroit