One-Handed Player Shaquem Griffin Makes NFL History With Seahawks Draft

Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin

Drafting Shaquem Griffin is the flawless illustration of why the Seahawks have been one of the NFL's model organizations over the last several years.

Meanwhile Shaquill, a cornerback who was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2017 draft, said he made sure to keep his brother's name fresh in the minds of the front office guys' minds throughout the draft process.

"I literally broke down after that. I couldn't breathe. I didn't know how to talk, I mean, I was just lost for words".

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome affecting his left hand, causing the fingers on his left hand not to fully develop and resulting in amputation of his hand at the age of four.

Griffin was not present at AT&T Stadium on the final day of the draft, instead waiting to hear the news with family and friends at a nearby Arlington hotel, and had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Griffin has great speed, is mature beyond his years, and they are going to try to put him in situations where he can succeed.

Shaquem will become the team's weakside linebacker.

"I made sure I kept his name fresh in that building", said Shaquill, who started 11 games for Seattle a year ago.

"As long as I get a chance to get to a practice, I'm going to show everybody what I can really do".

"I am looking for rookie of the year, I am ready to see him", Potter said. "They own this extraordinary connection that I think also is a demonstration of love and heart and all of the cool things about what they represent", Carroll told ESPN. "I'm excited, and I'm glad we made that choice and we're bringing my brother back home".

Based on his superb USA collegiate career, Griffin could be up to the task. However, Shaquem Griffin wants to be known as being more than just a feel-good story.

Griffin was the player everyone was hoping would get a shot in the National Football League after being a star at UCF despite playing with just one hand.

A one-handed American football player was in tears as he hugged his twin after finding out he had been picked to join him in the same NFL team.

A groundswell of support got him an invitation to the scouting combine in Indianapolis, where he stunned onlookers by bench-pressing 225 pounds a staggering 20 times with a prosthetic left hand and then covered the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

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