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Joshua Dobbs Earns Nickelodeon 'NVP' & Right to Slime


EAGAN, Minn. — Joshua Dobbs' time to shine was followed by the right to slime.

The quarterback who is eight days into his Vikings tenure won Nickelodeon "NVP" honors for his Week 9 performance at Atlanta in which he came off the bench to help Minnesota prevail 31-28. 

The award, which followed Dobbs' selection as NFC Offensive Player of the Week, includes a trophy and chain.

But Head Coach Kevin O'Connell ramps up the fun when a player wins an NVP.

Instead of the player getting slimed, the second-year coach allows the player to dump the signature green ooze on O'Connell and position coaches.

Dobbs was able to pour jars of slime on O'Connell, quarterbacks coach Chris O'Hara and assistant quarterbacks coach Grant Udinski as teammates cheered him on after Wednesday's walk-through.

View photos of Vikings QB Joshua Dobbs as he is awarded the Week 9 Nickelodeon Valuable Player and slimes Head Coach Kevin O'Connell and quarterback coaches Grant Udinski and Chris O'Hara.

It was a twist a week after Dobbs began soaking up everything about the offense that he could from the three coaches. After rookie Jaren Hall left the game because of a concussion, the Vikings turned to Dobbs, who had been acquired from the Cardinals in a trade just five days earlier.

Dobbs was able to process enough of the system and improvise multiple times before leading Minnesota's winning drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Powell with 22 seconds remaining.

O'Connell presented the trophy to Dobbs, who was adorned with a foam slime hat and chain for a brief acceptance speech.

"It's an honor to win the Nickelodeon Player of the Week for Week 9," Dobbs said. "I promise by the end of the week I will know everyone's name on this team. Looking forward to going to battle with you guys this season."

Dobbs is the second player to win an NVP in O'Connell's time with the Vikings, joining Justin Jefferson, who slimed O'Connell and receivers coach Keenan McCardell after O'Connell's first game at the helm.