Shaquem Griffin has been one of the most inspiring stories in college football. 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. 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 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. Eventually, his hand was amputated at a young age. 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 country, earning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Griffin was in attendance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as he waited for his name to be called so he could take the next step in achieving his dream.
The linebacker, who recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL history for anyone at his position, was still available on Day 3 of the draft where he was hoping to hear his name called in Rounds 4 through 7.
Did Griffin eventually come off the board? Which NFL team decided to give him an opportunity in the pros?
With the 141st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks pulled the trigger and picked Griffin. The move reunites Griffin with his twin brother, allowing them to play together once again, and introducing a Legion of Griffins to the NFC West.
If you don’t get chills/tears/misty-eyed watching the scene at Shaquem Griffin’s house when he was drafted, get your heart checked. pic.twitter.com/xD3x03prKa
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 28, 2018