Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson took the NFL by storm in his first two seasons. He lit up opposing defenses with 108 receptions for 1,616 yards and 10 scores in 2021.
He joined B/R for an AMA that covered everything from his childhood idol, Randy Moss, to winning a national championship with LSU and his ranking of the top five players in the NFL today.
You were recently announced as the new Lids brand ambassador. Can you tell us more about your partnership with them?
First of all, I’m delighted to be associated with them. I remember being a little kid and walking into the Lids store and picking out different hats with my brothers. So it’s exciting for them to want to partner with me. I have 11 different logos designed, so I’m excited to see what we have in store in the future.
I know you will be launching a collection of hats as well as custom designs that will soon be available ONLY at Lids stores (custom embroidery on Friday, followed by hats on July 29). What’s in the collection and what can fans expect from it?
You must have something that deals with the Griddy of course. So that’s some footage of me doing that and some with logos of me and my channel. It will be exciting to see what people think about it. All these different things, and when we created them, I really wanted it to be something special and that represented me. I thought the fans would appreciate these things.
Every athlete has a unique sense of style, whether it’s their form on game day or the way they dress on a daily basis. How would you sum up your personal sense of style and where do headwear fit into that?
I am a fashion person. I like to dress up and I like to look good. The addition of fashionable hats is an added touch for the entire cut. It makes the whole cut stand out, especially if you have a cool design or a colorful hat. I have plenty of hats. I don’t even remember how many I have. So it’s definitely a no-brainer.
@Just_in_Time You grew up with 2 older brothers who are also athletes. Do you have any fond memories or stories of being ultra competitive and wanting to beat them in all areas?
All the time. My whole childhood was competitive with them. If we play basketball or football or cards or board games, it doesn’t really matter since our whole family has always been competitive like that. It’s in my line. Me and my middle brother always went there. My older brother and I would be cool, but it was me and my younger brother who would always have all the arguments. It’s been a battle living in the house for sure.
@Rhettro Which NFL player did you most want to be like growing up?
Randy Moss. Him being just one of the greatest receivers of all time, I just idolized him and really wanted to be like him. Growing up, I was playing QB and I wanted to be like my older brother, see him at LSU games, and I wanted to be on that big stage too. Coming into high school, things didn’t go the way I wanted, then moving on to receiver helped me develop love for different players after watching a lot of movies.
@Haydenlit What was the game and time you knew your LSU team was going to be legit?
It really clicked for me in the spring. Our defense at LSU has always been one of the best in the country. Once we started killing the defense and driving them crazy in training, it really became a thing for us where we felt we were becoming a really good attack. And we knew our defense was always going to intensify. With the players we had in attack and our coaches with the game plan, we had a great time reaching this championship.
@Hudson_Mire Would you say your national title winning team was the best CFB team ever?
I would say he is the best who has ever played college football. All the different awards and accolades and undefeated – a lot of things we’ve accomplished throughout this year. Our stats prove it too, breaking so many different records, like me and Ja’Marr [Chase] getting over 1,500 yards each is especially hard to do in the SEC.
@CalebBuck Did you feel like you had a chip on your shoulder being the 5th WR entering the draft? Or were you more grateful for the opportunity?
A little mix of both. I really felt some form of being the fifth receiver picked and didn’t feel like I should have sunk that low. But I’m happy to be on the Vikings, and that’s God’s plan. Everything works perfectly for me.
@Ginobilians What was your ‘welcome to the NFL’ moment?
My first NFL start when I was playing against Tennessee and getting 175 yards and hitting the Griddy for the first time. It made me feel like I had a place in the league and I could really do something. I hope I don’t have bad “welcome to the NFL” moments and only good ones.
@CJShoe What is the most important trait to have as a WR? I feel like we don’t talk enough about running.
You must have so many different ones. You can’t just have hands and run routes. You just have to accept all the different things you can do to improve yourself in this position. You can be good at one thing more than others, but you need to focus on being good at more than one thing.
@CJShoe Do you and Stefon Diggs still maintain a relationship, and if so, what does it look like because you’ll both have a special place in Minnesota sports history?
We don’t really talk that much. Some social media comments and stuff like that. I’ve always been a fan of Stef, and I always keep an eye on him and watch him. It’s cool to see him and me doing great things.
@SenseiSportsGuy There have been some recent changes in Minnesota with a new HC. What do you expect from your new trainer with your guys KJ [Osborn] and Irv [Smith Jr.] to help you take this team to the next level?
We expect great things. We all expect to at least make the playoffs. We think with all these players on this team, there’s no reason we can’t be there for the big game. We are all in contact with the new coaches and we are ready to see what will happen. It’s just a matter of time.
@Rykerlloyd Can you please tell my bros to stop being griddy? They don’t do a good job and it hurts to watch… Have you ever seen someone do the grid and you’re just like ‘man that’s not it’? or are you more united?
I’m more of a fan. Just think of it as people doing it because it’s something that I kind of started in the league so to see people doing it all over the world no matter how good or badly. It’s just that the fact that they do the Griddy is a sign of respect for me.
@JBigz Have you ever played with a new celebration?
Always working on something. Could add a few things to the Griddy. I want to be a bit more creative and involve other guys. Having fun on the pitch, for me, is the best way to not really think about the game. So we’re trying to cook up some things to get the guys out of character a little bit instead of throwing the ball at the ref and running off the field. It brings excitement to the game.
@Thunder14 Funniest guy in the Vikings locker room?
@Bologna997 Favorite restaurant in Minnesota?
The Nook. There’s gooey cheese inside the meat, and it’s pretty good.
@Theverdinverdict Who hits the SECOND best griddy in the NFL?
I guess you could say Ja’Marr Chase.
@BruinB If you weren’t WR what position would you play?
QB of course.
@KaydenL45 If it wasn’t for football, what would you be doing right now?
It would be another sport like basketball. I’m pretty sure if I had the same dedication I had for basketball that I had for football, I would do something there.
@NotDrewLock Favorite NBA player?
James LeBron. The goat.
@The_Killmonger Give me your top 5 current NFL WRs
- Davante Adams 2. Me 3. Cooper Kupp or Ja’Marr Chase are interchangeable 5. Stefon Diggs