Shaquem Griffin Becomes The NFL's First One-Handed Player

Shaquem Griffin Becomes The NFL's First One-Handed Player

The inspirational one-handed linebacker was selected with the 141st overall pick of the 2018 National Football League draft by the Seattle Seahawks, meaning he'll once again link up with his twin brother, Shaquill.

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

Indeed he will join his twin brother Shaquill at the 2013 Super Bowl champions as he was selected in the third round by the same club last season. We are going to try to put him in spots where we can utilize the great speed he has. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the American Athletic Conference in 2016 after registering 12 sacks. "Sometimes the pressure like that can break you and it is a lot of pressure", Shaquem said. "He is an explosive, talented guy and he backs it up".

At the scouting combine in March in Indianapolis, 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.

But NFL evaluators found weaknesses too. "I'm extremely blessed", Shaquem said.

I hope I am an inspiration for people, to see I can do whatever I want.

So I stopped short of rooting for the Seahawks to draft Shaquill's twin brother right up until the very moment the Seahawks picked him. If he comes in and impresses the Seahawks with his skills, intelligence and work ethic, we could see both Griffin brothers on the field, with Shaquem taking over for Michael Wilhoite at the strongside linebacker position.

I get that Shaquem only has one hand, but he's proven he can be be an unbelievable player despite his disability. 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 couldn't breathe", he said. "So every day I made sure to mention my brother about something, even was just, ´hey, man, my brother got a good workout in, his backpedal is looking smooth every day´".

"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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