Everson Griffen Not Happy With Mike Zimmer Calling Him A “Good Player”

Everson Griffen will be making his Detroit Lions debut on Sunday and it just so happens to be against his former team.

Griffen spent the first ten seasons of his career in Minnesota and the last six were with Mike Zimmer as his head coach. 

Zimmer was asked about the matchup earlier in the week and said,  “Everson was a good player for us. I wish him well, just not this week.”

Griffen saw that comment and he doesn’t think he got the proper respect from his former coach.

“I got a little frustrated when I read that comment what  Zimmer said about, ‘Oh, Everson was a good player.’ Like, coach Zimmer wasn’t just a good coach, he was a great coach to me,” Griffen said. “So for him to call me a good player, that kind of hurts my feelings. On Sunday, I’m really looking forward to playing the Vikings and showing them that I am a great player. I’m excited. I’m ready to execute. My mental health is strong. My physical health is strong. My mind is strong, and I’m ready to go out there and dominate. I’m ready to create, adapt and go out there and win.”

“They’re going to put some respect on my name,” Griffen said. “He going to put respect on my name. That’s all I’m saying. …I don’t ever talk bad about people, so for him to call me a good player, all right, I got something for him on Sunday.”

Griffen made four Pro Bowl with the Vikings, was named an All-Pro in 2017, and ranks fourth in team history with 74.5 sacks. 

He opted out of his contract with the Vikings after last season and became a free agent in March. He signed with the Cowboys late in free agency and spent seven weeks with them before getting traded to Detroit for a conditional draft pick.

Griffen has also been tweeting about Zimmer’s comments and replying to those who think he’s going too far with this:

The Lions are 3-4 on the season and sit in third place in the NFC North.

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