Our favorite thing about Everson Griffen is his nickname – The Freak. Needless to say, he has lived up to the name as a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings since he got drafted by the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based team in 2010.
Even before the Vikings came for him, there was little or no doubt about him deserving the badass epithet. It was pretty obvious he is a tough guy, his strength was impressive as much as his speed, and the combination of those attributes made him a beast everyone is pleased to watch while attacking to defend the run.
Although the suitability of Everson’s height for the game has often been described as “just average” with many analysts highlighting that he’s inconsistent and sometimes, lacks the competitive drive, his strengths have always trumped the weaknesses. This was why he had a handful of universities calling to have him have his college career with them and equally the reason the Purple People Eaters wasted no time in picking him after he announced his decision to abandon his final year in college and avail himself for the 2010 NFL draft.
Mr. Griffin was picked in the fourth round by the Vikes, he was the 100th overall selection and was fantastic in his first four seasons (2010 – 2013) with the team, the next (2014) saw him ink a juicy 5-year contract that extended his stay with the team. The deal which was worth $42.5 million came with a massive $20 million guaranteed. He improved on his performance in the next few years and became a crucial member of the Vikes team. It was only normal for the team to renew his contract and hand him better pay. This time, in 2017, he got a four-year deal extension worth $58 million with more than half of the amount ($34 million) guaranteed.
Everson Griffen’s Bio
It was in Avondale, Arizona that this fella was born and brought up. He was born on 22nd December in the year 1987. His romance with football started when he was a student of Agua Fria High School located in his city of birth.
As the story goes, he played as a running back but thrived more as a defensive lineman. His was phenomenal as a junior but only started to gain significant attention in his senior year. Among other noteworthy recognitions he got was his listing by USA Today in its 2006 High School All-American team. The following year, Everson Griffen was named among the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year; this was after he joined the Trojans of the University of Southern California. In 2009, he made the Second-team All-Pac-10.
Inter alia, those were the highlights of his career before he joined the world of the NFL. He has played the all-star game of the NFL (Pro Bowl) thrice, in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Griffen was one of the best defensive-end players in the league in 2017. As such, it wasn’t a surprise he made it to the First-team All-Pro that year. His NFL career stats as of 2017 boast of one interception, 2 defensive touchdowns, 4 fumble recoveries, 10 forced fumbles, 61.0 sacks, 70 assisted tackles, and 279 total tackles.
Everson’s love life revolves around Tiffany Brandt, the lady he made his life partner in 2014. It is said that they met in a bar at Brooklyn Park and according to Tiffany, she immediately fell in love with him. She even told her friend after 48 hours of their meeting that she would be his wife. Everson was equally charmed, he professed his love two weeks later and it marked the beginning of their life together.
Thus far, the couple has been blessed with three sons. They had their first in 2013, before they got married, and named him Greyson. The second came in 2015, his name is Ellis. In November 2017, they welcomed Sebastian.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
This defensive end player is one of the footballers who has shown how much a player’s height is valued in the game. At 6ft 3in (190 cm), you wouldn’t regard Everson as a short man, in fact, he is taller than most American athletes.
That notwithstanding, his height is said to be one of his weaknesses in the profession, he is regarded as a player of average height. Everson Griffen weighs 273 lb (123 kg), his arm length is 32 5⁄8 in (0.83 m), and his hand size, 10 in (0.25 m). Other details of his body measurements are yet to be ascertained.