Skip to main content

Eric Kendricks named NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month

  • Author:
  • Updated:

It's been less than a month since the Vikings gave the starting middle linebacker job to rookie Eric Kendricks, but what he's done with it since garnered him some much deserved recognition from the NFL.

Kendricks, the Vikings' second-round pick out of UCLA, has been named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for October.

Kendricks played in just three October games, but he's racked up 20 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss and he's put 5 hits on quarterbacks. His 4 sacks are tied for fifth most in the NFL.

Past Vikings to win Rookie of the Month awards:

  • 1997 – Dwayne Rudd, LB
  • 1998 – Randy Moss, WR
  • 2003 – Kevin Williams, DT
  • 2007 – Adrian Peterson, RB (twice)
  • 2009 – Percy Harvin, WR
  • 2013 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Kendricks is also up for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award after making six tackles and sacking Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford twice.

Next Up


Motorcyclist killed on I-494 crash in Richfield

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim as a 42-year-old Shakopee man.


Gallery: This Seward Neighborhood gem SOLD fast!

Classic 1903 home came with modern updates

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Evacuations underway after explosion, fire on U of M campus

Evacuations are in effect on campus after an underground explosion and fire Thursday afternoon.

hopkins high school

‘Terrible prank’ during tornado drill causes scare at Hopkins High School

The school principal said the incident brought armed police to the school and "understandably caused some scholars anxiety."

MNBCA - Balsimo 1

Woman admits to role in St. Paul man's gruesome murder

A 32-year-old Duluth woman has taken a plea deal in the case of a 34-year-old St. Paul man's murder.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

'Living nightmare’ alleged at Savage, Minn. rabbit sanctuary

"Peacebunny Cottage" is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.


Tractor tips on embankment, killing man in Kandiyohi County

The tractor reportedly tipped and fell on top of the man, pinning him underneath.

Sloane Martin

Sloane Martin teams with Mike Golic Jr. for college football broadcasts

Martin, 33, lives in Minnesota and continues to climb the sports broadcasting ladder.

Melvin Carter

St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families

The expansion would give more than 300 families a monthly payment of $500.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

Use of car seat in crash that killed child still under investigation

The mother of the child was treated for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.