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Everson Griffen
DE #97
Height:
6-3
Weight:
273
Age:
28
College:
USC
Hometown:
Avondale, AZ
Experience:
7
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 186 142 44 40.0 0 11 1 29 -- 29 1 5 3
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 @SF L 3-20 4 3 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 DET W 26-16 1 1 0 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 SD W 31-14 6 4 2 1.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @DEN L 20-23 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 KC W 16-10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @DET W 28-19 2 1 1 1.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @CHI W 23-20 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 STL W 21-18 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @OAK W 30-14 3 2 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 GB L 13-30 4 3 1 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @ATL W 20-10 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 SEA L 7-38 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @ARI L 20-23 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 CHI W 38-17 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 NYG W 49-17 4 2 2 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @GB W 20-13 6 5 1 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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BIOGRAPHY

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

15/15                            90/32                                      2/1

• Ranked 3rd on team in sacks in 2012 and 2013 and scored 1st career TD on INT return at St. Louis in 2012.

• Led the team in sacks during the 2014 (12.0) and 2015 (10.5) in his first 2 seasons as a fulltime starter at defensive end.

• Received his 1st-career Pro Bowl nod following the 2015 campaign.

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

OFF THE FIELD Active in the Leaders of Tomorrow program that makes meals available for school-age kids in Minnesota...Married with a son...Takes part in the annual Vikings blood drive and community events with teammates...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

• Ranked 3rd on team in sacks in 2012 and 2013 and scored 1st career TD on INT return at St. Louis in 2012.

• Led the team in sacks during the 2014 (12.0) and 2015 (10.5) in his first 2 seasons as a fulltime starter at defensive end.

• Received his 1st-career Pro Bowl nod following the 2015 campaign.

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

OFF THE FIELD Active in the Leaders of Tomorrow program that makes meals available for school-age kids in Minnesota...Married with a son...Takes part in the annual Vikings blood drive and community events with teammates...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 A 2015 Pro Bowl selection...Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for October, 2014...Recognized as the NFC Defensive player of the week for Week 17 of the 2015 campaign.

PRO Posted back-to-back 10+ sack seasons in his first 2 seasons as a fulltime starter on his way to earning 2015 Pro Bowl Honors…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 sacks and a forced fumble in four contests...Recorded 5.5 sacks in his 4th NFL season, including 2.5 in the last two games of 2013...Had 1st FF of his career vs. Pittsburgh in the NFL International Series in London (9/29/13)...Made impact on Vikings defense in his 2nd season, 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 straight 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 the draft after his junior season at USC.

2015 Started all 15 games he played in during the 2015 campaign…Posted his 2nd-consecutive 10+ sack season in his 2nd season as a fulltime starter…Named to the Pro Bowl…Finished the season with 49 tackles (27 solo), 17 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, a team-best 76 QB hurries, 4 PDs and 1 forced fumble… Recognized as the NFC Defensive player of the week for Week 17 of the 2015 campaign for his efforts helping the Vikings to their first NFC North crown since 2009 in a 20-13 Minnesota win at Lambeau Field.

2014 Had a breakout season in his first year as a full-time starter, helping the Vikings revamped defense have the most improved defense in the NFL in 2014...Recorded a career-best 12.0 sacks on the season in 16 contests...Started 16 games after entering the season with one start in his first four seasons...Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October after recording 6 sacks and a forced fumble in four games...Returned a Jasper Brinkley blocked punt 43 yards vs. Carolina (11/30) for the longest blocked punt return touchdown in franchise history...Recorded a sack in five 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 three 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 regular 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...Notched 4.0 sacks to rank 4th on team...Ranked 2nd on team with 18 special teams tackles, 4 behind team-leader Eric Frampton...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 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 games of the season...Notched career-high 5 tackles on defense 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.