Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed player drafted in NFL

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There were many who had been clamoring for the team to pair the two in Seattle's defense, wanting it so bad that they nearly seemed disappointed when the Seahawks instead addressed much more pressing needs than outside linebacker in the third and fourth rounds. "I said, 'You have to grab this".

Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was unbelievable to see.

And Carroll and Schneider said the choice of Shaquem made all the sense in the world for them for football reasons alone.

Griffin had a breakout performance at the National Football League scouting combine in February, as his 4.38-second 40-yard dash was the best of any linebacker since 2003 and tied for ninth best of any player in attendance. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother.

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So now he joins twin brother Shaquill, a Seahawks cornerback who started 11 games as a rookie last season.

"I'm a guy who is going to come in and work my butt off", Griffin said in his conference call with the Seahawks media.

And, despite having had his left hand amputated because of amniotic band syndrome, Shaquem vindicated UCF's decision to take that chance.

Grit and determination can sometimes pull you through, as evidenced by the unprecedented hiring of the first one-handed US-style NFL football player.

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Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Griffin has great speed, is mature beyond his years, and they are going to try to put him in situations where he can succeed. If you want me to rush, I will rush and I'll give you everything I got.

Terrell Hinson is from Orlando and is a big UCF fan. "The ball carriers will be faster and stronger than those at the college level, requiring the defensive players to have good technique to bring them to the ground and end the play".

Griffin was in Arlington, Texas, waiting patiently in the green room through the first two days of the draft.

"It was up and down". I knew I wasn't going to be a first-round pick or anything like that. I literally went into the restroom and my brother busted in and tackled me. "Sometimes the pressure like that can break you and it is a lot of pressure", Shaquem said.

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