Everson Griffen is one footballer filled with a lot of drama in both the negative and positive aspects. One of such that recently pulled him to the headlines is his escape from an ambulance on his way to get a mental health evaluation.
Aside from the whole hilarious saga that the footballer had portrayed, we wouldn’t leave out his amazing skills on the field. Every fan of American football has different views of him but in all, they all agree to the fact that he has runs with speed and is one of the toughest guys on the defensive end. He joined the richest football league in the world (NFL) after he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the 100th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Prior to the time he went pro, he was rated the highest top prospect from Arizona.
From the look of things, Everson Griffen didn’t just become one of the intelligent professional football defensive ends, he started laying his bed right from his days in high school, today, he is one of the successful footballers every fan wants to talk about.
Everson Griffen’s Early Life
The professional footballer was born on December 22, a few days before Christmas in the year 1987 to Sabrina Scott, his mother. Details about his father are not available, more so, the footballer barely talks about him. Born in Avondale, Arizona, the footballer gained nationality as an American.
Everson Griffen’s passion for football started in his days at Agua Fria High School where he joined the football team as a defensive lineman and running back. In his days as a junior, he beat most of his mates in the game as he rushed 794 yards on 142 carries for eight touchdowns. In addition to that, he also recorded 12 receptions for 168 yards and a 71-yard reception. Playing as a defense, he totaled 77 tackles, 16 sacks, and a single fumble. As a senior, he shattered a lot of records, he was the Super Prep Player of the Year, Scout.com Player of the Year, Parade All-American, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 and Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year to mention a few of his accolades.
After high school, Everson Griffen enrolled at the University of Southern California where he committed to the Trojans. He showed off his athletic prowess in his freshman year where he played as a backup defensive end. He appeared in 13 games, made 2 starts and recorded 21 tackles with a 5.5 loss of 30 yards, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 2 pass deflections. All through his stay at USC, he wowed his coach and led his team to several wins and gathered a few more accolades.
Everson Griffen decided to go pro in the final year of his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the second pick in the fourth round of the 2010 National Football League Draft. After signing with the team, he was kept on deck for the preseason opener where he missed out in five games. He later appeared in the last set of games of the season and recorded 11 tackles. This same period, the drama king was arrested twice; for public intoxication and hitting the road with an invalid driving license. For the latter, he attempted fleeing on foot but he was tased.
The following year, he featured in all 16 games, he was placed in most of the games as a gunner on punt coverage and also served as a regular on return units. He aided the special teams unit with a record of 26.9 kickoff return, an average for the season. He also recorded 4.0 sacks that year which topped him as the fourth to set that record for the team.
Come 2013, Everson Griffen played as defensive, featured in 16 games and finished the season, recording 8 sacks and 27 tackles. The Vikings renewed their contract with him on March 9, 2014, a five-year deal. He played in all 16 games and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the month.
In each of the games he featured in, he set an outstanding record, pulling more of wins than losses. He signed a contract extension with the Vikings on July 26, 2017. By the end of 2017 season, he recorded a single interception, 2 defensive touchdowns, 4 fumble recoveries, 10 forced fumbles, 61.0 sacks, 70 assisted tackles, and 279 total tackles.
Family – Wife
The professional footballer is married to Tiffany Brandt, the two took their vows in 2014. Records have it that they met in a bar located in Brooklyn Park and their tale is that of love at first sight. After two weeks of their meeting, they began the journey of love.
Their union is blessed with three sons, Greyson was born in 2013, then Ellis came along in 2015 while the last son, Sebastian joined the family in November 2017.
Height And Weight
Despite being as tall as 6 feet 3 inches, Everson Griffen’s height has topped the sports hightlights as one of his weakness. A random sports fan would think it is a perfect height for a defensive end, nevertheless, sports critics have concluded that if he had been taller, he would have done more. There is no criticism about his weight, he is perfect at 123 kg.