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Everson Griffen
DE #97
Height:
6-3
Weight:
273
Age:
28
College:
USC
Hometown:
Avondale, AZ
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
9
SCK
4.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 195 150 45 44.0 0 11 1 29 -- 29 1 6 3
2016 MIN 3 3 9 8 1 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 MIN 15 15 44 34 10 10.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2014 MIN 16 16 57 41 16 12.0 0 3 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 MIN 16 0 27 18 9 5.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2012 MIN 16 1 26 23 3 8.0 0 2 1 29 29 29 1 1 2
2011 MIN 16 0 21 15 6 4.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2010 MIN 11 0 11 11 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @TEN W 25-16 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 GB W 17-14 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
3 @CAR W 22-10 4 3 1 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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BIOGRAPHY

2015 GP/GS       Career GP/GS           Playoffs GP/GS

    15/15                    90/32                          2/1

• Earned 1st career Pro Bowl berth in 2015.

• Scored 2nd career TD on a 43-yard blocked punt return vs. Carolina (11/30/14), a day the team set a record with 2 blocked punt return TDs.

• Ranks 6th in the NFL over 2014-15 seasons with 22.5 sacks.

• Attended same high school, Agua Fria in Avondale, AZ, as Vikings Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel.

OFF THE FIELD Spearheaded the Bowl with the Vikings fundraiser for the Vikings Children’s Fund during the 2015 season...Active in the Leaders of Tomorrow program that makes meals available for school-age kids in Minnesota...Married, has 2  sons, Greyson and Ellis...Takes part in the annual Vikings blood drive and community events with teammates...Has adopted a family during Holiday season to help spread some Christmas cheer...Majored in sociology at USC...Enjoys being on the water in his free time, with boating, wave runners and water skiing among his favorite activities...Enjoys fishing...Looked up to Vikings legend Randall McDaniel as a young athlete.

2015 GP/GS       Career GP/GS           Playoffs GP/GS

    15/15                    90/32                          2/1

• Earned 1st career Pro Bowl berth in 2015.

• Scored 2nd career TD on a 43-yard blocked punt return vs. Carolina (11/30/14), a day the team set a record with 2 blocked punt return TDs.

• Ranks 6th in the NFL over 2014-15 seasons with 22.5 sacks.

• Attended same high school, Agua Fria in Avondale, AZ, as Vikings Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel.

OFF THE FIELD Spearheaded the Bowl with the Vikings fundraiser for the Vikings Children’s Fund during the 2015 season...Active in the Leaders of Tomorrow program that makes meals available for school-age kids in Minnesota...Married, has 2  sons, Greyson and Ellis...Takes part in the annual Vikings blood drive and community events with teammates...Has adopted a family during Holiday season to help spread some Christmas cheer...Majored in sociology at USC...Enjoys being on the water in his free time, with boating, wave runners and water skiing among his favorite activities...Enjoys fishing...Looked up to Vikings legend Randall McDaniel as a young athlete.

HONORS Earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for game at Green Bay (1/3/16)...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October 2014...2014 Vikings Defensive MVP.

PRO Named to 1st Pro Bowl following 2015 season...Led Vikings with 10.5 sacks in 2015...Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2015 regular season finale when team clinched NFC North title on Packers home field, taking the title away after a 4-year streak of Green Bay holding it...Has 8.0 career sacks against rival Aaron Rodgers of the Packers, including playoffs, including 3 in 2015...Has scored 2 career TDs, 1 on an INT return at St. Louis (12/16/12) and the 2nd on a blocked punt return vs. Carolina (11/30/14)...Named the Vikings 2014 Defensive MVP...Re-signed with Vikings prior to the opening of free agency in 2014 offseason...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October 2014 after recording 6.0 sacks and a FF in 4 contests...Recorded 5.5 sacks in 2013, including 2.5 in the last 2 games of season...Had 1st FF of his career vs. Pittsburgh in the NFL International Series in London (9/29/13)...Made impact on Vikings defense in 2012, ranking 3rd on team with 8.0 sacks...Scored 1st career TD on 1st career INT at St. Louis (12/16/12), taking back a Sam Bradford pass 29 yards for a TD...Posted career-best 3.0 sacks vs. Green Bay (12/30/12) in regular season finale, a must-win game that gave the Vikings a playoff berth...Ranked 4th on team in 2011 with 4.0 sacks despite not starting a game...Notched 18 special teams tackles in 2011 to rank #2 on team...Carved out role on special teams to get playing time as a rookie, seeing action in final 11 games of season...Burst onto scene with 5 tackles in his 1st career game, at Green Bay (11/21/10)...Selected with the 2nd pick in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the 100th player selected overall...Declared for draft as a junior.

2015 Keyed Vikings run to NFC North title and playoff berth by leading team in sacks with 10.5...Earned Pro Bowl honors for the 1st time in his career and was tabbed NFC Defensive Player of the Week at Green Bay (1/3/16)...Helped Vikings defense rank #13 in total defense...Earned NFC honors for Green Bay game when he had 6 tackles, 2 sacks and forced a fumble on a sack that was returned 55 yards for a TD by Captain Munnerlyn to help win at Lambeau Field for the 1st time since 2009 and wrestle the NFC North title away from the Packers after 4 years...Started playoff game vs. Seattle (1/10/16) and notched a sack on Russell Wilson...Had 3-game streak with a sack in middle of season, at Oakland, vs. Green Bay and at Atlanta...Had season-high 6 tackles at Green Bay (1/3/16) and in Wild Card playoff game vs. Seattle (1/10/16).

2014 Had a breakout season in his 1st year as a full-time starter, helping the Vikings defense have the most improved defense in the NFL in 2014... 2014 Vikings Defensive MVP...Recorded a career-best 12.0 sacks on the season in 16 contests...Started 16 games after entering the season after posting 1 start in his opening 4 seasons...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October after recording 6.0 sacks and a FF in 4 games...Returned a Jasper Brinkley blocked punt 43 yards vs. Carolina (11/30) for the longest blocked punt return TD in franchise history and the 2nd Vikings blocked punt return TD on the day, a franchise record and tying an NFL record for 2 blocked punt return TDs by the same team in 1 game...Recorded a sack in 5 consecutive games, the longest streak in his career...Had career day at Buffalo (10/19) when he recorded a career-high 9 tackles and tied a career-high with 3.0 sacks...Notched multiple sacks in 3 games, including the season-opening win at St. Louis.

2013 Saw action along the defensive line in all 16 games...Finished with 5.5 sacks, including 2.5 in the final 2 games of the season...Recorded the game-winning strip-sack against Pittsburgh in the NFL International Series in London (9/29), the 1st FF of his career...Tipped a Jay Cutler  pass at Chicago (9/15) that led to a Kevin Williams interception in the endzone for a touchback...Recorded sacks in back-to-back games twice during the season...Had a career-best 6 tackles and tied a career high with 3.0 TFLs at Cincinnati (12/22).

2012 Came on strong late in season, posting 5.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD and 16 QB hurries in the final 7 games...Had a sack in his playoff debut at Green Bay (1/5/13) in NFC Wild Card game...Posted career-best 3.0 sacks vs. Green Bay (12/30) in regular season finale win over Packers that gave the Vikings a playoff berth...Started 1st career game at Houston (12/23)...Scored 1st career TD on 1st career INT at St. Louis (12/16/12), taking back a Sam Bradford pass 29 yards for a TD...His 29-yard INT return TD ranks as the 4th-longest in Vikings history by a defensive lineman...Posted a 22-yard sack against Andrew Luck at Indianapolis (9/16), the 3rd-longest sack in team history.

2011 Played in all 16 games, notching 4.0 sacks (4th on team)...Ranked 2nd on team with 18 special teams tackles...Posted 1st career sack vs. Tampa Bay (9/18) when he caught Josh Freeman...Notched career-best 3 special teams tackles at Kansas City (10/2) and vs. Green Bay (10/23)...Versatile special teamer played as a gunner on punt coverage at times as well as serving as a regular on return units...Contributed to the Vikings 50.0 sacks on the season, tied for 1st in the NFL...Helped Vikings special teams unit set a then team record with 26.9 kickoff return average for the season and tied for 1st in the NFL with 4 kickoff returns of 50+ yards.

2010 Played in final 11 games after being inactive for the opening 5 contests...Notched career-high 5 tackles vs. Green Bay (11/21)...Had 5 QB hurries in a 5-game span with a season-high 2 vs. Buffalo (12/5)...Posted 8 special teams tackles, notching season-high 2 at Chicago (11/14) and at Detroit (1/2/11).

COLLEGE Helped USC win or tie for PAC 10 titles in 2007 and 2008...Trojans won Rose Bowl as a freshman and sophomore, topping Illinois as a freshman and Penn State as a sophomore...USC won Emerald Bowl over Boston College as a junior...Earned 2nd-Team All-Pac 10 honors as a junior...Burst onto the scene as a true freshman, starting 2 games...Started 2007 opener vs. Idaho as a true freshman, becoming the 1st USC true freshman to start an opener since Tim Ryan in 1986...Notched career-high 3.5 sacks vs. Oregon State as a true freshman.

PREP Attended Agua Fria High in Avondale, AZ...Named Super Prep and Scout.com Player of the Year in Arizona...Consensus All-America...Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Arizona...Had 16.0 sacks on defense and ran for 1,251 yards and 20 TDs on offense as a senior...Earned 1st-Team All-Region in basketball...Competed as a shot putter...Played AAU hoops.

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