Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Raiders 2018 NFL Draft: LB Shaquem Griffin turning heads at combine

Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin who has one Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin who has one hand defied odds with 22 bench presses at Combine
Domingo Copeland | 05 March, 2018, 01:13

On Sunday, Griffin once again provided the biggest moment of the day when he unofficially ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003 with a time of 4.38 seconds.

Using a prosthetic, Griffin put up 225 pounds 20 times.

What makes Griffin such a fascinating and inspiring story is obvious, he's blowing away scouts at the combine and is doing so with only one hand.

He was born with a deformed left hand that was amputated when he was four years old.

Somehow, UFC linebacker Shaquem Griffin did not get an invite to the NFL Combine until after the Senior Bowl. Check him out on the bench and see for yourself. "I think I beat that by a lot".

Told one general manager said he'd be impressed if the linebacker even did five reps, Griffin scoffed. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted. I got a few interceptions against some slots (two in college). He was really good on tape.

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Stunning doesn't begin to describe what we're seeing from Griffin, who has completely captivated the the pro football world.

Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back. Last year, he was a first-team all-conference selection after registering seven more sacks and 13½ tackles for losses, and helping lead the Knights to a 13-0 record and a No. 6 national ranking. "I didn't know I had it in me". I want to show National Football League teams that, whatever you need help at, I'm the player.

Griffin is attempting to answer that question resoundingly in the affirmative. At the end of the day, you have to show people what you can do.

"Unbelievable! Can't no one stop what God has for you!"

"If I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and (soon we'll) inspire a thousand".

If the rest of his combine goes as well as Saturday's bench press, though, that projection could change by the beginning of next week.

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