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Griffith ends his NFL career as a Viking

Last update: June 27, 2008 - 1:02 AM

Knowing he wasn't going to play in the NFL again, Robert Griffith wanted to finish his career as part of the organization he began with in 1994.

The Vikings made that happen this week when they signed Griffith to what amounted to a ceremonial one-day contract.

"I had a nice 13-year career that ended where it started," Griffith said Thursday. "It was always my intent to get back there and retire as a Viking."

The hard-hitting safety joined the Vikings out of San Diego State and established himself as a key member of the special teams. He had four interceptions in his first season as a starter in 1996 and two years later had a career-high five. Griffith was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team in 2000.

He signed with Cleveland as a free agent in 2002 and spent 2005 and 2006 with Arizona.



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