Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed player drafted in NFL

Shaquem Griffin becomes first one-handed player drafted in NFL

The athlete's left hand was amputated when he was four due to a congenital defect called amniotic band syndrome, a condition that prevented his fingers from developing fully. Shaquill was picked up by Seattle in the third round previous year, and Shaquem came on like a runaway freight train the past two seasons, earning a draft selection on Saturday.

"I don't want to be a guy who's just a feel-good story", he told reporters in Dallas.

"Everybody thinks it is a sentimental story, but Shaquem Griffin doesn't think like that", Griffin said. "Are you anxious about what team you are going to be in?" I'm going to learn as fast as possible. "But I knew how it was going to go".

Shaquem Griffin's remarkable journey to the National Football League got it's flawless ending, Sunday. Shaquill, a cornerback, was a third-round pick of Seattle in 2017. Shaquill picked up Shaquem's - who was in the bathroom - cellphone and immediately recognized the Seattle area code. It's not like I know the family or anything.

"When I saw that, I jumped over everybody else on the floor and went to the bathroom", Shaquill said. Needless to say, he has the tools to play at the pro level, he just needs to sharpen some of the tools. I just couldn't hold it.

So I anxious I felt too strongly about Shaquem to have an objective view of his value as a potential draft pick.

"It was really like a dream". "Magical stuff started happening". "It's unexplainable. The emotions, everything that was going through my mind".

Griffin was not present at AT&T Stadium on the final day of the draft, instead waiting to hear the news with family and friends at a nearby Arlington hotel, and had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen. His notable performance earned him first-team All-AAC selection twice and AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

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. I haven't seen anything I couldn't do.

Griffin said all he has ever asked for is a chance to show what he can do. "So 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´".

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