One handed player goes in National Football League draft

30 April, 2018, 12:15 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Shaquem Griffin - the NFL prospect with one hand

Griffin, 22, made history on Saturday by becoming the first one-handed player to be drafted in the NFL, ESPN reported.

Griffin also bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times, three more than his twin had managed, having attached a prosthetic hand onto the bar, with current National Football League defensive stars JJ Watt and Von Miller among those to react in awe on social media.

Griffin was an exemplary student-athlete, a role model, an inspirational leader, the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and the Peach Bowl Defensive MVP as a senior.

Shaquem Griffin spent two nights just steps away from the 2018 NFL Draft stage at AT&T Stadium, in the green room, wondering if his name would ever be called.

This milestone is very special to Griffin as he will be playing side-by-side with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin who was drafted by the Seahawks as a third-round draft pick a year ago and is now the team's cornerback.

He won the state title in the triple jump in 2013 and was offered an athletics scholarship to the University of Central Florida (UCF) alongside Shaquill.

Both Griffin brothers were visibly emotional upon learning that Shaquem had been drafted by the Seahawks.

"I literally went to use the restroom and that's when my brother busted in and tackled me".


Going to the Seattle Seahawks presents a great opportunity for Shaquem. Shaquill said he lobbied the Seattle coaching and scouting staff to pick his brother.

Shaquem will become the team's weakside linebacker.

Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was incredible to see.

I hope I am an inspiration for people, to see I can do whatever I want. "My brother kind of tackled me with my cellphone, saying 'answer it, answer it.' I looked, and that's when tears just started pouring down".

"If I can get to a practice, that's when everyone is going to see who I really am".

"I know the 425, the 206 - I know the area codes for Seattle". Being able to play fast and having a high football IQ are something that will aid Shaquem as he learns the ropes at the professional level.

"I think the thing that stood out to me was somebody told me they had sat down with (Shaquem) for five minutes and they gained the same inspiration from him as they did the first time they were able to sit down with John Wooden", Schneider said.

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