Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen returned to practice Friday, just two days after the unexpected death of his mother, Sabrina Scott, who had been visiting Griffen.
Griffen said he decided to return to work so soon because that's what his mother would have wanted.
"Just shocking. My mom was 100 percent healthy. We'll find out soon what the cause was. I know she's down watching over us right now," Griffen said. "Whatever I can do on the field for her, she loved to watch me play. That's why I'm back here to show her that I'm doing this for her. Not just for her, but for me, too – to grow into the man that I'm becoming. Just working hard right now."
Griffen was informed of his mother's death by police officers who went to Winter Park Wednesday to deliver the tragic news. The cause of the death isn't known yet and Griffen declined to get into details.
"Very hard for my family, but my mama, she was a very strong person," Griffen said. "She would want us to stay strong and keep going on our path that we're going on. None of this is possible without her. She's in a better place now. I just want to say, ‘Mom, I love you.' It's going to be a fight, but we've got to keep fighting."
Griffen recently got engaged and said he is trying to stay strong for his family, which includes a brother, his dad and his step-dad.
"Just keeping them strong and keeping them going," Griffen said. "That's why my mom made me so strong to help the rest of my family out."
Griffen called Scott "the best mom anybody could have."
"I'm just happy to have a mom like that. One day we'll meet again. She is in a better place right now. I know the Lord has her because she was a great person," he said. "Just keep on pushing along and support my family like I know how to do."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he was impressed with teammates who visited Griffen on Wednesday evening. Griffen said their support meant a lot.
"They came by to see me after chapel, after fellowship. Love and support. That always helps," he said. "This is the only reason I'm here because I feel safe here. If I didn't feel safe, she would tell me. I feel safe here. It's always good to have that security, knowing that other people have your back and love. It eases the pain a little bit, but there's still tremendous and deep burning inside. You've just got to keep on the same path and keep moving on."
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Griffen returns after mother's death
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