A few years ago. . .and it might still be on, I’m not sure. . .there was a television game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy called Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? It appears that the Minnesota Vikings have adapted the concept with one of their own players.
For the past few weeks, defensive end Everson Griffen has been going head-to-head in trivia battles with youngsters from schools in Minnesota. The Vikings have been posting the videos to their official YouTube channel for everyone’s viewing pleasure. So, how is Griffen doing against the youngsters?
Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
The format for the show is that there are ten questions, with the host asking each one and both participants getting an opportunity to ring in. A correct answer is worth one point, but if a wrong answer is given, the other person gets an opportunity to steal it away.
The first episode appears to have taken place before Memorial Day, with Griffen taking on a young man named Jacob.
In a close one, Griffen emerges victorious. So, score one for Everson.
Next up is a young man named Stone.
This one actually came down to the last question, but Griffen managed to pull it out once again. So, thus far, it’s Griffen 2, Kids 0.
In the third episode, we get our first female participant, as Griffen goes head-to-head with a young lady named Annaliese.
Griffen continues his hot streak here, as he puts up a third consecutive victory.
Episode Four of the series has Griffen taking on young Gavin.
Griffen gets out to a 4-1 lead in this one, and it appears that he’s on his way to another victory. . .but Gavin comes roaring back to get five straight correct answers and hand Griffen his first loss by a final tally of 6-4.
In the most recent installment, Griffen battles with a young lady named Alehsha.
And DOWN GOES GRIFFEN! Alehsha takes this one home by a final tally of 6-3, and hangs another “L” on #97.
So, after five episodes of “Are You Smarter Than A Player,” Griffen has the lead over the kids, but just barely, as he now has a record of three wins and two losses.
I’m not sure how many more episodes of this the folks from the Vikings Entertainment Network plan on airing, but I sort of like this idea. Griffen seems like the perfect sort of guy to do this sort of thing, and everyone seems to generally be having a good time.