EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Everson Griffen has been in a great mood as of late.
The injury to his foot that kept him sidelined in Week 10 is behind him. His 12 sacks, including the two he notched against the Detroit Lions, tie a career high he set in 2014 and ranks first in the NFL through 12 weeks.
Those things pale in comparison to the life-changing news he received ahead of the Vikings 30-23 win over the Lions. On Thanksgiving Day, Griffen welcomed in his third child, a baby boy weighing seven pounds, two ounces.
His enthusiasm is tangible, leading the defensive end to sing an extended "Oh, yeahhhh" before detailing how he and wife Tiffany came up with the name Sebastian Gregory Griffen.
The two didn't have a name picked out prior to the birth, so Griffen decided to crowdsource some suggestions from fans watching the game on TV. After his first sack of Matthew Stafford, Griffen lifted up his jersey to reveal a handwritten message on his undershirt: "I just had a baby boy. What should we name him?"
"I got a lot of suggestions," Griffen said. "'Thunderbolt.' A lot of creative names. 'Mike Zimmer and Zygi Wilf.' I forget how many names I went through."
Griffen said he didn't get any suggestions he seriously considered but was happy to announce his family's big news to a national audience.
Griffen's "little seabass" joins brothers Greyson and Ellis. With three boys in the mix, the defensive end said he'd welcome in a daughter any time and voiced a desire to expand his family even further.
"We're not done, we love them kids!" Griffen said. "I plan on having four or five. We're going to have a big family."
Griffen already has plans for his sons' involvement with athletics years down the road. While he'll support his kids' desire to follow in their dad's footsteps, they won't be introduced to the game until they're older.
"I will allow them to play but they won't play until their freshman year in high school," he said. "I'm going to hold them back and let them play baseball, soccer and basketball. I didn't start playing tackle until freshman year in high school.
"The brain is a sensitive area. I want less contact as possible."
Griffen has not heard from the NFL regarding whether he'll be fined for the T-shirt message. The NFL fine for altering a uniform with a personal message is $6,076 for a first-time offense.
"I haven't gotten a fine so hopefully I don't see one," he said. "I'm supporting my baby, it's not like I had something [negative] to say. If they give me one, oh well. I'll take that fine. I was just happy. My baby was born. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to see it but I saw it over FaceTime. We're happy. The baby's healthy. My wife is healthy. We're happy."