A familiar foe is now joining Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.
For years, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen plowed through McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers and racked up impressive numbers against his in-division rival.
But after signing a one-year deal with Dallas on Wednesday, the two former foes are joining forces — and they’re both fired up about it.
“I can’t say enough about Everson Griffen,” McCarthy said in a press conference. “Just the fact of being able to compete against him twice a year. He was always a primary focus for us offensively going up against him. He’s a relentless player. He brings it every down. Has great passion for the game.”
Griffen brings a great pass rushing ability, size and veteran prowess to the team. He’s been a Pro Bowler four times, including last season in which he recorded eight sacks and 41 tackles. Like McCarthy, Griffen is excited about the new opportunity.
“I had an opportunity to visit with him. He’s extremely excited,” McCarthy said. “He’s a big personality, so I think he’s gonna be a great addition to our football team.”
“Cowboy nation, I’m here baby.. It’s time to get back on the grind baby,” Griffen said in a video on Twitter. “I’m excited to be with my teammates, I’m excited about this new journey, I’m excited about working toward going to a championship. It’s that time to grind, it’s that time to learn, it’s that time to go get it.
“I can’t wait Cowboy nation, let’s go.”