Over a month since being checked into a mental health facility for two incidents which garnered police interaction, the 3x Pro Bowler, Everson Griffen, returned to practice for the Minnesota Vikings this week after missing five weeks of the footballing season.
In his latest press conference, Griffen acknowledged his mistakes made and accepted full responsibility for his actions. He also understands that the reintroduction into football life will be a gentle process, but is content with “taking it day by day”.
Furthermore, he proceeded to discuss his rehabilitation and how he can continue to improve personally.
”I learned a lot about the man I am outside of football. I had a lot of time to reflect on my life and where I want to go..and I just want to get better with some of the decisions I made.”
”I live for this each and everyday, but I also live for my family too. So you’ve got to have that balance and that’s what I’m working towards.”
Griffen also mentioned that those suffering mental health issues should seek the appropriate help that is required, accepting that it is far more important than football.
”You’ve just got to put your pride aside and know when enough is enough. You know, it’s bigger than football, it’s (about) my life, my family, my kids.”
Luckily for Everson, he had the full support of his family and the Vikings, whom he values dearly.
“It felt great to see my guys. I love each and every one of my guys and it was just good to see the smiles on their face.”
It is unlikely that Griffen will return to the lineup on Monday against the New Orleans Saints, but it is fantastic to see that he is improving his mental health and well-being. We at Ninety-Nine Yards eagerly await Griffen’s return to football and wish him all the best.
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