Shaquem Griffin Single-Handedly Found A Way Into the NFL

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Have you ever felt that you couldn’t accomplish a goal and was on the verge of giving up? Everyone has dealt with that before, but you have to believe that you can accomplish your goals. Shaquem Griffin exemplifies how even when life gets hard, you have to keep going if you want to succeed.

At the young age of 4, Griffin lost his left hand. While in the womb, the amniotic sac wrapped around his wrist causing him to be born with amniotic band syndrome. His hand was like a glove filled with jelly, and as a result he always endured pain. The hand ended up being amputated, but that didn’t stop him from accomplishing his goals.

What came hard to Griffin came easy to his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, the first round pick of the Seattle Seahawks the previous year. In his younger days at Lakewood high school in Florida, Shaquill Griffin received praise and recognition while his brother was plagued with doubt.

Griffin was recently drafted 141st in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks. According to the Chicago Tribune, he is the first single-handed player selected in NFL history. “I couldn’t breathe, I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk,” Griffin said on ESPN after the draft. Griffin benched 225 lbs 20 times and recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time for linebackers. That was very impressive to the team representatives in attendance at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. He clearly worked hard in his preparation and deserved to be selected in the NFL Draft. He not only got picked, but also received the blessing of being able to play professional football on the same team as his twin brother. That’s something Griffin has always strived to do.

Griffin’s story serves as evidence that everyone has the potential to do great things, but hard work and progress is a must. Who knew a man with one hand could do so much and touch the hearts of so many people around the world? With the current state of the NFL and our detachment from athlete humanitarianism, Griffin is just what the league needs.


By Gabe Brown, Sophomore, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep,

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