Eden Prairie, MN (September 14, 2016) – Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendrickshas been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after securing his first career interception and returning in 77 yards for his first career touchdown. According to the coaches' tally, Kendricks also posted seven tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss, in the 26-15 win at Tennessee.
Kendrick's 77-yard interception return touchdown paired with DE Danielle Hunter's 24-yard fumble return touchdown to mark the sixth time in team history the Vikings scored on an interception return and fumble return in the same game.
The second-year LB from UCLA became the first rookie to lead the Vikings in tackles since Rip Hawkins in 1961, after posting 105 tackles during his initial campaign. The 2014 Butkus Award winner was also named the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for October 2015 and was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team last season.
Kendricks becomes the eighth different Viking to earn NFC Player of the Week honors 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