Adam Thielen signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013, playing for them for ten seasons.
38 Facts About Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen attended Detroit Lakes High School, where he participated in four sports.
Adam Thielen led the Minnesota State receiving corps with 74 receptions for a total of 1,176 yards and eight touchdowns.
Adam Thielen finished near the top of several career receiving categories after his four years at Minnesota State including finishing second in receiving yards, second in receptions, and third in touchdown catches.
Adam Thielen did not receive an invitation to perform at the 2013 NFL Combine, but he did attend a Regional Combine in Chicago in March, where he performed well enough to warrant an invitation to the Super Regional Combine held in Dallas, Texas in April.
Adam Thielen saw some preseason action as a wide receiver and on special teams.
Adam Thielen was named NFC Special Teams Player of Week 13 after he scored his first NFL touchdown on a special teams play in which he blocked Carolina Panthers' punter Brad Nortman's kick and returned the ball 30 yards to the end zone.
Adam Thielen briefly held the record for the longest blocked punt returned for a touchdown in franchise history, but was beaten later in the second quarter with a 43-yarder from Everson Griffen as the Vikings had two blocked punts returned for touchdowns in the game.
In Week 17 against the Chicago Bears, Adam Thielen scored his first receiving touchdown on a 44-yard pass from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, after which he promptly gave the ball to his wife Caitlin.
Also a special teams ace, Adam Thielen was named to the All-Pro Special Teams Kick Return Unit and was named All-NFC North Special Team Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus after he finished tied for second in the team in special teams tackles with 12.
In Week 4, Adam Thielen hauled in a career-high six passes for 70 yards in a road game at the eventual Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos.
Adam Thielen carried the ball another time for 26 yards, totaling 67 yards on two carries that tied for second in Vikings history for rushing yards in a game by a wide receiver with the effort.
Adam Thielen added a 16-yard catch as the Vikings ultimately clinched the NFC North title.
Adam Thielen finished the season with 12 catches for 144 yards with a long of 30.
In 2015, Adam Thielen was honored as the Vikings Special Teams Player of the Year.
Adam Thielen had a career day on December 24,2016, in a Week 16 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a 202-yard, two-touchdown performance at Lambeau Field.
Adam Thielen's performance was just the fifth 200-yard receiving performance in Vikings history and the third that saw a Vikings receiver have at least 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Adam Thielen had the most receiving yards by a Viking since Percy Harvin in 2011.
Adam Thielen needed only 40 yards receiving in the Week 17 Chicago Bears game to hit 1,000 yards on the season, and only once in the previous six games had he been held under 50 yards.
Adam Thielen dropped only two passes on 92 targets according to Sporting Charts, and Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 18th best receiver in the league.
On March 15,2017, Adam Thielen signed a three-year contract extension with the Vikings.
On September 11,2017, in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, Adam Thielen started the season off strong with nine receptions for 157 yards.
In Week 8, Adam Thielen scored his first touchdown of the season against the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium, London from quarterback Case Keenum.
Adam Thielen's output put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Adam Thielen became the first Vikings receiver to surpass the 1,000-yard mark since Sidney Rice in 2009.
On December 19,2017, Adam Thielen was named to his first Pro Bowl.
In Week 5, against the Philadelphia Eagles, Adam Thielen recorded seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Adam Thielen became the first player in the Super Bowl era to record five straight 100-yard receiving games to start a season.
In Week 7, Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury against the Detroit Lions, and was out until Week 14.
Adam Thielen's 14 receiving touchdowns were the most in franchise history since Randy Moss had 17 in 2000.
Adam Thielen entered the 2021 season as a starting wide receiver alongside Justin Jefferson.
Adam Thielen suffered an ankle injury in Week 13 and missed the next two games.
Adam Thielen returned in Week 16, only to aggravate the injury, which required surgery.
Adam Thielen was placed on injured reserve on December 29,2021.
Adam Thielen finished the season with 67 catches for 726 receiving yards and ten receiving touchdowns.
Adam Thielen returned in 2022 as a starting wide receiver alongside Justin Jefferson.
Adam Thielen started all 17 games, recording 70 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
On March 19,2023, Adam Thielen signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.