Adam Thielen Became His Hero


Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is on a mission. He won’t win MVP this season – that honor will come down to Dree Brews and Patrick Mahomes – but he will log one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history.

A Minnesotan born and raised, Thielen has etched his name in the record books all season long, and he’s doing it for his hometown Vikes. The guy remembers tossing the football in his backyard while emulating one-handers like Randy Moss or toe-tapping the sideline like his idol, Cris Carter.

You probably know his story. A 90s kid from Minnesota. Grew up a Vikings fanatic. Played Division II football for a $500 scholarship. Undrafted free agent in 2013. Practice squad for a season. NFL debut in 2014. And now, NFL superstar.

Heading into Week 13, Thielen leads the league with 93 catches, more than 1,000 yards, eight touchdowns, and a new NFL record just about every Sunday.  

He’s also on pace to challenge Marvin Harrison’s record of 142 receptions in one season, and potentially Calvin Johnson’s record of 1,964 receiving yards.

To put Thielen’s underdog story in perspective, here are the other Top-10 receivers in the NFL this season and where they were drafted:

Julio Jones (Round 1, Pick 6)

A.J. Green (Round 1, Pick 4)

Mike Evans (Round 1, Pick 7)

Odell Beckham Jr. (Round 1, Pick 12)

DeAndre Hopkins (Round 1, Pick 27)

Tyreek Hill (Round 5, Pick 161)

Michael Thomas (Round 2, Pick 47)

Davante Adams (Round 2, Pick 53)

JuJu Smith-Schuster (Round 2, Pick 62)

And Adam Thielen (Undrafted Free Agent)

Thielen’s underdog story is better than most. All kids want to be like their heroes. When you idolize Cris Carter, then do this? Thielen became his.

Justin Tangnovember2018