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.
VIKINGS TO BE NAMED NFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK UNDER 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