College GameDay Feature: UCF’s Shaquem Griffin excelled at football against all odds

The UCF Knights are playing .500 football six games into the season. This week, ESPN did a spotlight on two of its defensive players. But not just any two, they’re twin brothers. One of which has overcome stigma, pity, and a number of other forms adversity can take en route to being a starting linebacker this year.

Born only 60 seconds apart, they have been inseparable since the beginning of their lives. They are identical in every way except for the fact that Shaquem Griffin was born with with a disability.

His hand had not fully formed in the womb.

The source of extreme amounts of pain, Griffin struggled to cope with his disability both physically and emotionally. Coaches often overlooked his athletic prowess and only saw the limitations. Griffin has overcome and become all of that and is one of the top linebackers in the conference this season.

Just like Jim Abbott, it’s not about what you don’t have, it’s about what you can do with what you were given.

Check out the inspirational feature below:

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