- Shaquem Griffin has made history, becoming the first one-handed player to be selected in the NFL Draft
- The linebacker from the University of Central Florida was selected in the 5th round of the draft, reuniting him with his identical twin brother and Seahawks 2017 third-round pick Shaquill Griffin
Shaquem Griffin has made history during the NFL Draft Saturday by becoming the first one-handed player to be a professional American football player.
The linebacker from the University of Central Florida was selected in the 5th round of the draft; reuniting him with his identical twin brother and Seahawks 2017 third-round pick Shaquill Griffin.
Shaquem had his left hand amputated when he was just four; having been born with a condition that prevented the fingers on that hand from fully developing.
“That was the most amazing experience in my entire life,” Shaquem said; referring to that grand moment. “It was like winning the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”
“I want to show the entire world, no matter (if you have) one hand, two hands, if you’re a ballplayer, you just play ball,” he added.
Despite his birth defect, Griffin excelled at the college level; winning his conference’s defensive player of the year award in 2016 and then starring for an unbeaten team last season.
And he gained worldwide attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest in the 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.
Watch his emotional moment below after he received a phone call from the Seattle Seahawks.
— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2018