The Minnesota Vikings walked out of U.S. Bank Stadium with a hard-fought 28-24 win over their division rival Detroit Lions on Sunday. Beating an up-and-coming division rival is sweet, but wide receiver Adam Thielen made the day much more sweeter with his NFL milestone.
Thielen hauled in a short 1-yard reception from quarterback Kirk Cousins in the second quarter, marking the 50th receiving touchdown of his NFL career.
Minnesota's Twitter account shared an epic mic'd up video of the moment on Monday evening. Check it out below.
Adam Thielen 50 TDs
As he has done so many times before, Thielen ran a crossing route in the end zone, sneaking away from Detroit's linebackers for a wide-open grab. Teammate K.J. Osborn immediately greeted him with an outburst of adulation. "50 Baby! 50 Baby! Congratulations brother!"
Justin Jefferson found him next with a warm "There you go! I knew you were going to get one."
Osborn continued his praise on the sideline, saying "You got 50 TDs Bro. Coming where you come from, undrafted, that's amazing Bro. Good job."
Thielen joins a special NFL club with this TD reception. Only 143 players have ever reached the 50-touchdown mark in NFL history. Thielen is just one of 11 active NFL wideouts with at least 50+ touchdowns.
Osborn nails his approach in praising the veteran Thielen. Reaching such a milestone as an undrafted talent is a testament to Thielen's work ethic, determination, and belief in himself. Only three of the active NFL players above him on the career TD list were drafted after the second round (Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, Marvin Jones). He's the only undrafted talent on this active list.
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