Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after taking an interception back 77 yards for his first career touchdown. Kendricks was also credited with six tackles in the official game stats and seven according to Vikings coaches in the team’s 25-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Kendrick’s 77-yard interception return touchdown paired with DE Danielle Hunter and his 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.
In 2015, the linebacker from UCLA became the first rookie to lead the Vikings in tackles since Rip Hawkins in 1961, after posting 105 tackles during his rookie season. 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.
He is the eighth different Viking to earn NFC Player of the Week honors under head coach Mike Zimmer and the fifth on the defensive side of the ball, joining Anthony Barr (Week 8, 2014), Linval Joseph (Week 9, 2015), Terence Newman (Week 10, 2015) and Everson Griffen (Week 16, 2015).