Seahawks draft Shaquem Griffin, UCF fans react

Lynette PayneMay 02, 2018

His hand was amputated when he was four years old due to a painful condition that meant the fingers of his left hand had not fully developed.

"He [Shaquem] overcame a tremendous amount by just believing in himself, and I think the belief of his brother in him, as well, which is obvious, was also part of all of that".

Indeed he will join his twin brother Shaquill at the 2013 Super Bowl champions as he was selected in the third round by the same club last season.

Sports Illustrated captured a photo of the twin brothers embracing after receiving the news. Needless to say, he has the tools to play at the pro level, he just needs to sharpen some of the tools.

The Seahawks drafted Griffin in the fifth round with the 141st overall pick.

Shaquem Griffin didn't let having one hand stop him from playing football.

Shaquem, who had to have his left hand amputated at the age of four, managed to battle his way to the National Football League and inspired fans across the country along the way.

Seattle also drafted cornerback Tre Flowers of Oklahoma State and left tackle Jamarco Jones of Ohio State in the fifth round, edge rusher Jacob Martin of Temple in the sixth round and quarterback Alex McGough of Florida International in the seventh - the first quarterback the Seahawks have drafted since taking Russell Wilson in 2012.

"I couldn't breathe", Griffin told ESPN as he described the moment the Seahawks called to say they wanted him. "And I'm going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong, a lot of doubters".

"I couldn't ask for anything (else) in the world than the opportunity to be back with him", Shaquem said.

I don't know if I agree that Shaquem should have been drafted in the first round, but he certainly should have been taken ahead of Callaway - hands down!.

Shaquem gained worldwide attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.

"Every day I made sure to mention my brother about something, even was just, "hey, man, my brother got a good workout in, his backpedal is looking smooth every day, '" said Shaquill, who started 11 of the Seahawks" 16 games last season.

"I´m glad they made this happen", Shaquill said.

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