Shaquem Griffin on emotional day: 'It was like I was dreaming'

30 April, 2018, 11:43 | Author: Elena Meyer

Everyone knows about his story with having one of his arms cut off at a young age, but what others may or may not have known was his twin brother Shaquill Griffin plays for the Seahawks. He will play alongside his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, who was a third-round pick of the team previous year and started 11 games at cornerback.

Shaquill and Shaquem were team-mates at Central Florida, Shaquill only agreeing to commit to them if they would also take on his sibling. After the third round Friday night, 10 linebackers had been selected, including seven outside linebackers, where Griffin will play at the next level.

Griffin received a late invite to the National Football League scouting combine and he posted head-turning numbers including a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times for a linebacker at the combine. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom for not knowing what's happening, than anything.

Shaquem Griffin is a study in perseverance.

He enjoyed an outstanding American football career at the UCF, where he appeared in 39 games with 26 starts, amassing 175 tackles, 18.5 sacks two interceptions and 11 passes defended.

More than anyone else involved in the story, Pete Carroll and John Schneider had the ability to at least get somewhat prepared for the enormity of what was to come.

In fact, the Seahawks were so enamored by Dickson that they had him in for one of the team's 60 official visits during the Combine. We are going to try to put him in spots where we can utilize the great speed he has.

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"I tell you, it's awesome". He also posted 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press while using a prosthetic hand.

Griffin's college coach Scott Frost tweeted "About time", after the pick was made. The time tied his brother Shaquill's from last season, something Shaquem had bet would happen. So when a phone call from the Seattle area code came across Shaquem's phone on Saturday, Shaquill knew he had to get his brother's attention immediately.

"I couldn't breathe", he said.

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

"I don´t want to be a guy who´s just a feel-good story", Griffin told the U.S. media at the draft.

'I want to show the entire world, no matter (if you have) one hand, two hands, if you're a ball player, you just play ball'.

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