Skip to main content

Everson Griffen calls out Mike Zimmer for saying he's a 'good' player

Griffen and the Detroit Lions face the Vikings on Sunday.
Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Throughout Everson Griffen's career in Minnesota, he found several ways to motivate himself. As he prepares to square off against the Vikings on Sunday afternoon, Griffen has found his target as he prepares to make his debut for the Detroit Lions...Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer spoke to reporters on Thursday about Griffen's return to Minnesota. The Lions defensive end spent 10 seasons with the Vikings and six seasons with Zimmer and the Vikings' coach had kind words for Griffen ahead of the matchup.

"Everson was a good player for us," Zimmer said. "I wish him well. Just not this week."

The comments were not good enough for Griffen as he took his turn at the podium in Detroit.

"Coach Zimmer wasn't just a good coach to me," Griffen said. "He was a great coach. For him to call me a good player, that kind of hurts my feelings. So on Sunday, I'm really looking forward to playing the Vikings and showing them that I am a great player."

Griffen continued Thursday night on Twitter, where he seemed to make the difference between "good" and "great" a rallying cry heading into Sunday's game.

Looking at Griffen's career in Minnesota, he has a point. Griffen officially ranks fourth all-time in franchise history with 74.5 sacks and was a mainstay on the defensive side for a decade.

Although the 2-5 Vikings have some momentum heading into Sunday's game after a win at Green Bay, Griffen could play the role of spoiler for a team looking to fight their way back into the playoff picture.

Next Up

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 19

More than 44,000 new cases reported from the holiday weekend.

rise bagel co

Bagel shop closes amid vax-or-test mandate, posts: 'All are welcome here'

Other Twin Cities restaurants have also temporarily closed this week.

Rick Spielman

Spielman: 'It was constantly like a moving target all the time'

Spielman said drafting and rostering players who fit the scheme was difficult with all of the offensive coordinators Mike Zimmer had.

police lights

Suspect fled police, found hiding in old camper in scrap yard

Police say they were trying to pull him over for driving without any lights.


Omicron fading in Minnesota? Wastewater detection provides hope

Wastewater samples can help predict a rise or fall in COVID-19 cases.

covid vaccine card

COVID: Minneapolis, St. Paul vaccine-or-test rule for dining now in effect

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required.

freight train railroad tracks

Man crawls to safety before train hits his stuck wheelchair

The incident happened Tuesday on Highway 169.

US Bank Stadium

Sizing up Vikings coaching candidates we know about so far

A closer look at some of the head coaching candidates interviewed by the Vikings

St. Paul police

St. Paul: Man called police to report he killed his wife

Police are also investigating a separate fatal shooting in the Frogtown neighborhood.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.


Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Report: Everson Griffen to try out for Vikings

The former Viking will work out for the team on Wednesday.

Mike Zimmer expecting Everson Griffen back with the Vikings

The Vikings head coach believes Griffen's contract situation will 'work its way out.'

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings cut Everson Griffen 8 days after signing him

The Vikings could bring Griffen back later this week.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Bashaud Breeland

Mike Zimmer says Bashaud Breeland tweet wasn't aimed at fans

The Vikings cornerback sent the tweet after Sunday's win over the Lions.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”