Detroit Lions defensive end Everson Griffen took an exception to the comment made by Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as he is determined to show his ex-team that he is a "great player." Griffen, who was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason but he got traded to the Lions after only a couple of games played.
This week, the Lions travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings and before the match Vikings coach Zimmer said Griffen was a "good player for us." "Everson was a good player for us. I wish him well, just not this week," coach Zimmer said of Griffen.
Griffen, 32, didn't appear to be too thrilled by the Zimmer comment. "This is the best I've felt in a long time, and I got a little frustrated when I read that comment what Zimmer said, 'Oh, Everson was a good player,'" Griffen said, per ESPN.
"Like, Coach Zimmer just wasn't a good coach, he was a great coach to me, 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."
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"I miss guys," Griffen admitted. "I miss Harrison [Smith], I miss Anthony [Barr], I miss E.K. [Eric Kendricks], I miss Zimmer. So when Zimmer said that about that -- I'm a good player -- all right, we're going to see who's a good player on Sunday.
That's what I've got for him." Griffen is eager to have a strong performance against the Vikings and show them what he is capable of. "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, like he just wasn't a good coach to me, he was a great coach. He helped me improve, helped me grow. 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."