Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker from the University of Central Florida receives a ton of buzz because he’s an amazing athlete. Point blank. As he should. Originally reported by Rare Disease Report, what makes him an incredible inspiration though is the fact he only have one hand due to amputation when he was 4-years-old. Griffin suffers from amniotic band syndrome, but he’s clearly never let it hold him back.
He made his announcement on social media, which burst responses from exciting fans and so many people in the nation who stand behind him. His humility coupled with his excitement and motivation to show everyone his talent, demanded the attention and heart of all his viewers.
Griffin has done an incredible job during his time at UCF. He might be undersized, but he still was a starter for the Knights and accumulated endless MVP and All-American awards. His twin brother, Shaquill, plays for the Seattle Seahawks and he couldn’t be more proud for his brother.
Shaquill was not surprised by his invitation, he stands behind his brother’s talent and not because of the setbacks he’s had. Shaquill made sure to point out to ESPN that his brother is fully deserving of all recognition. He’s done everything in his power to fight as an athlete and prove that he is NFL material.
The buzz has hit the NFL and general manager from the 49ers, John Lynch, is excited to see Griffin perform at the combine real soon. Lynch made sure to say that Griffin received the invite for being an inspirational person in addition to being an incredibly talented football player.
Griffin believes this is his time, even with all the odds against him. He is excited to continue to prove his worth. If drafted, he will be the first NFL player with one hand.