Thursday, September 15, 2022

Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings Named NVP of 'NFL Slimetime' Week 1

Nickelodeon's NFL Slimetime has named Minnesota Vikings' Justin Jefferson as Week 1's Nickelodeon Valuable Player (NVP)!

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Justin Jefferson wins NVP and Kevin O'Connell gets slimed

For his performance in week one, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson won the NVP (Nickelodeon Valuable Player) award given to the best player each week. He earned the award over other finalists Patrick Mahomes and the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

In getting the award, head coach Kevin O’Connell presented Jefferson the award and had an announcement for the team

“We’re going to go in between the fields and I’m always going to be the guy that gets slimed.”

We have talked a lot in this space about it being a new era and this is just the latest example bring the old Nickelodeon show Slime Time Live to TCO Performance Center. O’Connell bonding with his players has created a different atmosphere both in the building and on the field.

Seriously, how fun is this guy?


With an assist from Nickelodeon, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell gets slimed

Nickelodeon named Justin Jefferson their most valuable player of the week and awarded him a bucket of slime

EAGAN, Minn. — After balling out for the better part of 60 minutes Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, roasting the Green Bay Packers secondary for nine receptions, 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson seemed like a lock to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Instead, that honor went to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who had 18 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Luckily for Jefferson, his impressive performance didn’t go unnoticed by Nickelodeon, which named him their most valuable player of the week. As a part of the weekly accolade, Jefferson received a trophy, and more importantly, a bucket of slime.

In a video that has since gone viral on social media, the Vikings tweeted out a clip of coach Kevin O’Connell telling his players, “I will always be the guy to get slimed.” What followed was a hilarious scene during which Jefferson dumped the slime on O’Connell as his teammates went berserk around him.

“Just wanted to have fun with it,” O’Connell said. “We had a great work day. The guys were locked in. You felt the urgency. I was kind of waiting to see how the day would go. Once we were locked and loaded, and felt really good about Day 1 of prep, we brought out the slime.”


“I couldn’t get in the shower fast enough,” O’Connell said. “That stuff is really something.”

In the video, Jefferson and receivers coach Keenan McCardell both can be seen wearing a slime helmet. As offensive coordinator Wes Phillips noted to O’Connell afterward, those are actually supposed to be worn by the person getting slimed.

“In classic Wes Phillips form, he waited until after to tell me that,” O’Connell said with a laugh. “I may modify that whole, ‘It’s always going to be me’ to maybe “It’s always going to be Wes Phillips.”

The fact that O’Connell voluntarily agreed to be slimed by Jefferson is more proof of how much things have changed with the Vikings. Can anyone imagine former coach Mike Zimmer participating in such a thing?

Needless to say, there’s joy in the building once again, and as far as running back Dalvin Cook is concerned, this is going to become a tradition for the Vikings.

“We plan on having that each week,” Cook said. “That’s the type of mindset we’ve got around here. Look forward to more slime, K.O.”

If that is indeed the case, and the Vikings are consistently winning the weekly accolade from Nickelodeon, things will be going pretty well around TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

“I was joking that hopefully by the end of the season someone like Dalvin Cook is the MVP and we don’t even care because if Nickelodeon doesn’t recognize it, or he’s not invited to host the Teen Choice Awards or whatever it’s called, then it doesn’t even matter,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said, listing off a bunch of old shows he used to watch on Nickelodeon. “Hopefully we can keep putting some slime on Coach O’Connell.”


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Originally published: September 15, 2022.

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