This guy is going to inspire so many people beyond football, and I absolutely love all of the success he is having.
"Just starting that off, I just felt the energy from everybody", said Griffin, who lost his left hand due to a prenatal condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome. He had the hand amputated when he was 4. A two-time first-team all-conference player, Griffin was named the American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. And he's determined not to allow it to prevent him from living out his dream of playing in the NFL.
There is no precedent for Griffin.
"I mean, it's awesome", Shaquem said. It's something you'd have to talk to the trainers about and see what his restrictions would be moving forward.
It was an air of anticipation never quite seen before for a player we've never quite seen before.
Griffin also plans to run through defensive back drills Sunday afternoon.
Griffin, the former UCF linebacker who only has one hand, has been showing out at Lucas Oil Stadium all weekend.
Shaquem is open to suggestions from any team. I got you.' I might start crying. "You need somebody to cover?" "Throughout in my years in college, I've been able to move back to safety and be in hot man coverage where I'm covering man-on-man on slot receivers".
"I got chill bumps watching him do 20 reps". "I think I can kick the ball, too".
And his attitude is infectious.
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With Griffin in the mix, anything seems possible.
"I was shaking all over the place and the bar was falling, " he said.
"At each and every level, I'm about to prove people wrong", he added. "That was an awesome feeling, and it makes you enjoy it that much more".
Is it more impressive, though, than what he did on the bench press yesterday?
Griffin recorded 166 total tackles and 18.5 sacks over his last two seasons at Central Florida.
If drafted, Griffin would be the first one-handed player in the National Football League in the modern era. He won't know for nearly two months whether he will accomplish that goal, but he definitely made teams sit up and take notice with his combine performance. "I feel really good hearing that from them". Everything he's done on and off the field should have him locked in as a top-100 player in this year's draft.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Griffin is an inspiring story, but he's also doing well alongside his linebacker peers in Indianapolis. And he often does it better. Him just saying five, five is me just warming up.
Griffin said that he hopes to inspire kids around the world.
"If I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and (soon we'll) inspire a thousand", Griffin said.