VIDEO: Never Forget Adam Thielen's First TD as a Viking Was a Blocked Punt Returned to the House
By Scott Rogust
Adam Thielen is the NFL's ultimate success story. The former Minnesota State wideout went undrafted in 2013, but he won over the Vikings after a strong workout. Before Thielen became the Vikings' undisputed No. 1 receiver, he had to earn his keep on special teams. Back on Nov. 30, 2014 against the Carolina Panthers, Thielen blocked a punt attempt from Brad Nortman, scooped up the ball, and rumbled his way into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
And here you thought Thielen's first score in the NFL came on a reception. It's quite the way to introduce yourself to the league, and it kickstarted Thielen's rise up Minnesota's wide receiver depth chart.
In his six seasons with the Vikings, Thielen has caught 323-of-466 targets for 4,315 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was named to two Pro Bowls (2017-18) in that span and earned himself a four-year, $64 million contract extension from the team last year.
Now, he's set to be the primary weapon in Minnesota's passing attack in 2020 with Stefon Diggs shipped off to the Buffalo Bills. We'd venture to say that Thielen will do just fine.