Written by Chloe Hornaday
What's up, FEMM readers? It seems that football has a new favorite story every week, right? Well, this one will be a favorite through his entire career. The NFL Combine is a series of physical tests and evaluations for college football players who had a good enough senior season to get invited. There has been talk about it all week, obviously. But, Shaquem Griffin is one of the most note worthy stories not just because of his physical abilities and results in the combine.
Griffin is a linebacker from University of Central Florida. He had his left hand amputated at age four due to a rare birth condition called amniotic band syndrome. This caused his fingers from fully developing and caused intense pain. Griffin got a late NFL Combine invite. It was not until Jan. 30th that they decide to reach out to him. The invite appears to be decided by his incredible performance in the Peach Bowl against Auburn. He had a 12-tackle, 1.5 sack, 1 interception game catching just about everybody's eye.
Griffin knew he would have skeptics watching his journey through football. But, that did not seem to shake his motivation or his goals. He completed 225-pound bench press with a prosthetic clamp hooked onto the bar for 20 reps. He also ran a 4.38 40-yard dash on his first attempt. This 227-pound man outran several athletes nearing 30 pounds lighter than him
Photo by: Sports Illustrated
Good intentions is hard to match good talent in the professional sports industry. But, Griffin inspires others while also defying all odds and out performing athletes with both hands. He lies nothing short of an impact player on the field and an impact human being off the field. This young man is an inspiration and a beautiful story to watch unfold all while being a very promising NFL prospect.