LANDOVER — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs made a triumphant return to Maryland on Sunday.
Diggs, a former Good Counsel and University of Maryland standout, said he had about 17 friends and family members in attendance at FedEx Field for his homecoming game against the Washington Redskins.
“It felt good,” Diggs said following Minnesota’s 38-30 victory over the Redskins. “I love being around a lot of love. It’s kind of like a home game for me. Especially when I come home, they show me a lot of love. It feels good.”
The former All-Sentinel player didn’t disappoint his supporters, finishing with five receptions for 78 yards including a three-yard score from quarterback Case Keenum that put the Vikings ahead, 14-10, early in the second quarter.
After the touchdown, Diggs jumped onto the goalpost and hugged it for several seconds, prompting a penalty from the officials.
“I did see Diggs jump on the goal post and we had a little discussion,” said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Keenum enjoyed a field day against the Redskins, completing 21-of-29 passes for 304 yards and a career-high four touchdowns including the toss to Diggs.
“The touchdown, Case threw a great ball,” explained Diggs. “Afterwards I was thinking of a way to kind of salute the service. I saw the bag, I jumped on it. It was poorly executed but, you know, hopefully I got the message across.”
Diggs, a former standout with the Montgomery Village Sports Association, hauled in a 51-yard pass from Keenum in the first quarter that helped set up Latavius Murray’s one-yard touchdown run with 2:39 remaining and tied the score at seven apiece.
Diggs has emerged as one of the league’s most dynamic young talents. He tied the Vikings record for fewest games to reach 100 receptions, achieving the feat in 20 games. Diggs set a Vikings record for most receptions in consecutive games with 26 receptions last season.
He finished with 13 receptions for 164 yards in last year’s game against the Redskins and also registered 13 receptions in an overtime loss to the Detroit Lions last year.
During three NFL seasons, Diggs has registered six 100-yard receiving games. He’s also chasing Randy Moss for several franchise records including fewest games to reach 200 receptions and most receptions in their first three seasons in the league. He’s already surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter on the aforementioned list.
“Stefon is a heck of a talent, man,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman told me last year. “He’s a heck of a talent in this league.”
During last year’s homecoming, Diggs suffered a 26-20 loss to the Redskins but was grateful to get the win this time around.
“It was big,” said Diggs. “I want to play for my family. I love seeing my family but I love playing for my teammates even more. We grind together, we do everything together so to get a win with them is important. Last year we went out sad. I shed some tears. It really meant a lot. This year round we got a dub.”