May 27, 2018

One handed player goes in National Football League draft

30 April 2018, 11:10 | Donald Newman

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Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin's feel-good story continued Saturday as the Seattle Seahawks drafted the Central Florida linebacker with the 141st pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF a year ago. Griffin started for the undefeated UCF Knights team and entered the 2018 NFL Draft hoping to follow in the footsteps of his twin brother Shaquill.

He remained surrounded by his family, including twin Shaquill, who also starred at UCF and was a rookie cornerback with the Seahawks this past season.

He gained attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.

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

"I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything", Shaquem said. His left hand was amputated, as a result, when he was four years old. "My partner here was kind of a mess, to tell you the truth, when he handed me the phone". "I'm just glad I was one of the selected few to be here".

"The only thing I need is an opportunity or a door to open for me", Griffin said leading up to the draft, per Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk. To see your dream come true and come true the way it did today, to get a chance to play with each other today, it means the world to me.

Using a prosthetic on his left arm he bench pressed over 100kg 20 times as National Football League hopefuls were put through their paces by team representatives in March. Carroll said the intent is to start Griffin at weakside linebacker and let him use his speed in different areas on the field.

Despite the complications from a rare birth defect called amniotic band syndrome - a condition that can result in damaged tissue or, in extreme cases, even foetal death - he grew up to star for his high school in track, American football and baseball.

And perhaps in proper fashion, it unfolded in front of the die-hard fans who - like Griffin - stuck it out into the draft's less-hyped final day of picks. He's heard the doubters throughout his career and is ready to prove them wrong again.

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