Everson Griffen is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Griffen attended Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona, the same high school as Vikings Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel. He also played basketball for the University of California, Los Angeles.
About Everson Griffen in brief
Everson Griffen is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played for them for 10 seasons before signing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. Griffen attended Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona, the same high school as Vikings Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel. He ran for 1,251 yards on 159 carries with 20 touchdowns and had 6 receptions with 2 touchdowns as a running back. In his senior year, Griffen recorded 77 tackles, 16 sacks and a fumble recovery as a defensive end and ran a 4. 46-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4 and about 260 pounds, which earned him the nickname ‘The Freak’ Griffen was previously arrested for “physically abusing a freshman” in 2008 after a prank by the Los Angeles Police Department staged a team meeting and had to enter a meeting and enter a police station. He is now friends with former USC defensive end Kyle Moore; the two reconciled and are now friends during spring practices. He also played basketball for the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2007, he was selected to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl along with fellow USC recruits Marc Tyler, Kristofer O’Dowd, Joe McKnight, and Chris Galippo. In the fall of 2008, he became the first USC true freshman to start an opener on the defensive line in 21 seasons since Tim Ryan in 1986 against Illinois.
In 2009, he played in all 13 games and totaled 21 tackles, including 5. 5 for losses of 30 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections. In 2010, he had six tackles, one sack, and one fumble Recovery that set up a USC touchdown at Arizona State. He has been compared to All-Pro defensive end Jevon Kearse and has been named to the Pro Football Writers Association first team and Collegefootball.com Freshman All- American first team, plus was an All-10 Pac-10 Defensiveman of the Year and All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick. In 2012, he started in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots and was named a first-team all-star by the Associated Press. In 2013, he won the Gatorade Arizona Player of the year award for his performance in the shot put and discus events at the 2007 4A I State Meet. In 2014, he earned first- team all-region honors in basketball. He played in the NFL All-Star Game for the first time in his career and was a member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning Super Bowl XLVII victory team. In 2015, he signed a contract extension with the Lions that will keep him in the league for the next 10 years. He will also play for the Cowboys in 2018 and 2019, as well as the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers.