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- The Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen watched the birth of his third son over FaceTime while warming up for their Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.
- After recording a sack, Griffen lifted his jersey to reveal a message that announced the birth of his son, and invited fans to help him name the new baby.
- Griffen’s wife and baby are healthy, and the Vikings are now in pole position to take the NFC North.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 30-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving was a big one for Minnesota. But for linebacker Everson Griffen, the day was memorable for a completely different reason.
Ahead of the game, Griffen’s wife went into labor, prompting Griffen to watch the birth of his son over FaceTime.
“Seven pounds, 2 ounces, born right before the game, so I was doing my warm-up watching the birth on FaceTime,” Griffen said after the game. “So wife is healthy, baby is healthy, we don’t know his name yet, but it’s not about that. I’m happy to have a new addition – three boys. I don’t know what my wife is going to do. It’ll drive her crazy. But we’re 9-2, and it feels good winning.”
Griffen was so undecided on his son’s new name, he asked fans to help him with ideas. After sacking Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Griffen lifted up his jersey to reveal a message scrawled on his undershirt that read, “I just had a baby boy. What should we name him?”
Vikings DE Everson Griffen had a baby this morning and hasn't picked out a name yet.
Anyone have any suggestions? pic.twitter.com/8zLMuC29s7
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 23, 2017
After the game, Griffen said of the message, “I don’t know. I was thinking about doing something, and I just thought of that. You know, ‘This will be funny.'”
Fans who wish to contribute to the naming brain storm can reach Griffen on Twitter at @EversonGriffen.
With the win, the Vikings moved to 9-2 on the season, holding a three game lead on the rest of the NFC North.