Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed National Football League draft in history

  • Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed National Football League draft in history

Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed National Football League draft in history

Shaquem Griffin will be reunited with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin in the emerald city as the Seattle Seahawks selected Shaquem in the fifth round, with the 141 overall pick.

He gained attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003. "Even though I've been doubted so long, it was always triggered in me to just do it and to prove all of them wrong". However, Shaquem Griffin wants to be known as being more than just a feel-good story.

Shaquill advised his brother continue pushing, now that he has reached the next level.

"I loved watching you play football in college and I can't wait to cheer you on in the NFL".

His twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, was a third-round pick of the team a year ago and started 11 games at cornerback. "It was unexplainable. I couldn't ask for anything in the world than to be with my brother". Shaquill picked up Shaquem's - who was in the bathroom - cellphone and immediately recognized the Seattle area code.

Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed National Football League draft in history

"I was using the restroom, and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying 'Answer it, answer it!'" Shaquem Griffin said while waiting for a ride back to AT&T Stadium where he would do several media interviews during the final day of the draft. "I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk", he said.

How quickly Shaquem Griffin learns the nuances of the Seattle Seahawks' defensive playbook will determine how much time he sees on the football field as a rookie. Schneider said that someone told him that the five minutes he spent with Shaquem was every bit as motivating as the five minutes he once spent with John Wooden. "Magical stuff started happening", Shaquem said. He was the AAC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF's 13-0 2017 season.

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.

"I´m glad they made this happen", Shaquill said.

Yet there is one aspect of Griffin's game that can not be measured - his drive to prove his doubters wrong.