Former Vikings safety Robert Griffith signed a one-day contract this week to retire as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
The art of the one-day contract is something that has made its rounds through the world of sports. After spending a short time with the Vikings, running back Roger Craig signed a one-day deal so he could retire as a San Francisco 49er – the team with which Craig will always be remembered. Emmitt Smith did it too. So did Jerry Rice.
You can add Robert Griffith
to that list. Griffith played 13 years in the NFL – eight with the Vikings, three with Cleveland and two with Arizona. He was out of football in 2007 and it was apparent he wasn't going to come back in 2008, so he asked the Vikings if he could end his career where it all began. The team obliged and signed him to a one-day contract that he served on Thursday, and he retired from the NFL as a member of the Vikings.
Saying he wanted to have a career that "ended where it started," Griffith signed the one-day deal and made his retirement official. As a key member of the teams that came within a win of the reaching the Super Bowl in both 1998 and 2000 seasons, many Vikings fans have always remembered Griffith as a Viking, despite playing his final five seasons with the Browns and Cardinals. Thursday just made it official that Griffith is now and always will be a Viking.
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