Danielle Hunter named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for week 14 performance

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his three sack performance against the Detroit Lions.

Hunter, who turned 25 this season, was selected by the Vikings in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft and has established himself as an anchor to the formidable Vikings defensive line, playing opposite of Everson Griffen.

On the third play of Sunday’s game against the Lions, Hunter buried Lions quarterback David Blough for a six yard loss, picking up his 50th sack of his career. Hunter would pick up an additional two sacks on the game. He also made the short list of Vikings players who have recorded 50 sacks in their first five seasons with the Vikings, an list that includes Jared Allen and Keith Millard.

Hunter leads the NFL in quarterback pressures and is tied for fourth in the league this year with 12.5 sacks on the season.

Hunter won NFC Defensive Player of the Week in week 9 of the 2018 season at home against the Lions. He is the second defensive player this year to win the award, Anthony Harris won the award in week 1 against the Falcons.