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Anthony Barr named NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week

October 30th, 2014

 

Rookie outside linebacker and Lammi Sports client Anthony Barr has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after his 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown gave the Vikings a 19-13 overtime victory Sunday.

Barr, the ninth overall pick in May’s NFL draft, recorded eight tackles and a sack in the win. And on the first play from scrimmage in overtime, he forced a fumble after a catch by Buccaneers rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, scooped it up and returned it for the game-winning touchdown.

Barr is the first Vikings player to win the Defensive Player of the Week award since cornerback Antoine Winfield in 2010 and the first Vikings rookie to win since cornerback Cedric Griffin in 2006.

Barr is the sixth rookie linebacker to win the award since 2006. The others were DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, Brian Orakpo, Sean Lee and Luke Kuechly. That’s pretty good company right there.

Barr ranks second on the Vikings with 54 tackles this season and his three sacks are tied for third on the team. He has forced one fumble and recovered three of them, which is tied for the NFL lead.

Check out highlights from Barr’s impressive rookie season so far here.

 

 

 

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