EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Blair Walsh acclimated quickly in his rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings. Turns out he understood quickly how to uphold tradition as well.
Walsh, the sixth-round draft pick last year by Minnesota, set several team and league records in his first season for the Vikings and was named the NFC's Pro Bowl kicker. But Walsh also wanted to recognize one of the players responsible for helping him get to Hawaii. So the rookie treated one of Minnesota's veterans to a trip to the islands, as well.
Being the considerate rookie, Walsh planned to treat long snapper Cullen Loeffler with a Hawaiian vacation this week during the Pro Bowl.
"He deserves it," Walsh said earlier this month. "That was a mutually founded thing."
Walsh's treat didn't come without a little prodding. Walsh was new to the Vikings this season and punter Chris Kluwe made sure the rookie knew the team's plan to award Loeffler. For years, Kluwe and former kicker Ryan Longwell had told Loeffler they w...