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Shaquem Griffin
Shaquem Alphonso Griffin /ʃəˈkiːm/ (born July 20, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL)

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Shaquem Griffin Griffin at the trophy presentation for the 2017 American Athletic Conference ChampionshipNo. 49 – Seattle SeahawksPosition: LinebackerPersonal informationBorn: (1995-07-20) July 20, 1995 (age 23)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)Career informationHigh school: Lakewood
(St. Petersburg, Florida)College: UCFNFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 5 / Pick: 141Career history
  • Seattle Seahawks (2018–present)
Roster status: ActiveCareer highlights and awards
  • National Champion (2017)[a]
  • American Athletic Conference Fifth Anniversary Team (2018)[1]
  • ESPN All-Bowl Team (2017)
  • Peach Bowl Champion (2018)
    • Peach Bowl Defensive MVP (2018)
  • AAC Champion (2017)
  • Senior CLASS Award (2017)[2]
  • Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team (2017)[3]
  • Second-team All-American (2017)
  • 2x First-team All-AAC (2016, 2017)
  • AAC Defensive Player of the Year (2016)
Career NFL statistics Player stats at NFL.com

Shaquem Alphonso Griffin[4] /ʃəˈkiːm/ (born July 20, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He is the twin brother of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, and both brothers played college football for the University of Central Florida Knights.[5] As an amputee with one hand, Shaquem Griffin received extensive media coverage as a prospective 2018 NFL Draft pick.[6][7][8][9] He was selected as a fifth round pick (141st overall) by the Seahawks on April 28, 2018, reuniting him with Shaquill.[10]

Contents
  • 1 Early life
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
  • 4 Works
  • 5 References
  • 6 Notes
  • 7 External links
Early life

Shaquem Griffin was born to Tangie and Terry Griffin[11] on July 20, 1995, less than two minutes after Shaquill.[12][13] Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome affecting his left hand, causing his fingers on his left hand not to fully develop.[11][14][15] At age four, his mother found him in the kitchen, attempting to use a butcher's knife to self-amputate his fingers due to the pain. His parents scheduled an amputation the next day.[11][13] However, Griffin was able to continue playing sports without his left hand, competing in track, baseball, and football alongside his brother.[11]

College career US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40‡ Commit date Shaquem Griffin
Linebacker St. Petersburg, Florida Lakewood HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 4.63 Jul 27, 2012  Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN grade: 70 Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. 

Shaquem and his brother Shaquill were both offered football scholarships at the University of Central Florida (UCF) by then-coach George O'Leary, with Shaquill rejecting offers from other teams including the Miami Hurricanes, his dream team, to play with Shaquem.[16] Griffin spent his whole college career at UCF, totaling 17 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss. Notable plays also include an interception versus the Temple Owls[17] and a fumble recovery for a touchdown versus the Austin Peay Governors,[18] both during the 2017 season.

In his second season, playing as a redshirt freshman, Shaquem Griffin had a brief stint as a second string player on the depth chart before being demoted to third string and then scout team. Griffin attributes his rise in his redshirt junior and redshirt senior seasons to Scott Frost's hiring as head coach for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Writing for The Players' Tribune, Griffin said that, following his winless third season under O'Leary, "Coach Frost came in and brought me back into the light...He gave me the opportunity I had been waiting for ever since I first arrived at UCF. And I took advantage of it."[19]

Griffin was named the 2018 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP and was the 2016 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In Griffin's senior season, UCF went undefeated and subsequently claimed a controversial national championship.[a] Griffin told Ralph Warner and NFL Network in November 2017 that he planned to continue his football career in the NFL.

Shaquem stayed at UCF one season longer than Shaquill, as Shaquem redshirted his freshman year while Shaquill saw playing time.[23][24][25] Shaquill graduated and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (90th overall pick) of the 2017 NFL Draft,[26] while Shaquem stayed on for his redshirt senior year at UCF.

Professional career External video Shaquem Griffin runs fastest 40-yard dash by a linebacker UCF LB Shaquem Griffin puts up 20 reps on the bench press "I Am Shaquem Griffin" NFL video

Despite not initially receiving an invitation,[27][28] Griffin participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in March 2018. He made headlines for performing 20 reps in the bench press while wearing a prosthesis[29] and for running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, the fastest time for a linebacker since the NFL has released official statistics.[30]

Pre-draft measurables Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP 6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m) 227 lb
(103 kg) 4.38 s 9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m) 20 reps All values from NFL Combine[31]

Despite the fact that he was not projected as a first round pick, Griffin received an invitation to the 2018 NFL Draft, which he accepted on March 29, 2018.[32][33] Griffin received extensive press and social media coverage leading up to and during the draft, as he would have been the first one-handed player drafted into the NFL if chosen.[6][7][8][9] On April 28, 2018, he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (141st overall), reuniting him with his brother Shaquill.[10][34] On May 17, 2018, Griffin signed a four-year deal worth $2.8 million with $300,000 guaranteed.[35]

On August 9, 2018 Griffin made his preseason debut against the Indianapolis Colts in CenturyLink Field, leading his team in tackles with 6 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

Works
  • Griffin, Shaquem (March 2, 2018). "A Letter to NFL GMs". The Players' Tribune. 
References
  1. ^ "American Announces Fifth Anniversary Football Team". American Athletic Conference. Retrieved 24 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "UCF's Shaquem Griffin Selected as the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® Winner for FBS Football | Senior CLASS Award". www.seniorclassaward.com (Press release). December 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ Axson, Scooby (January 10, 2018). "Sony Michel, Shaquem Griffin lead All-Bowl Team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  4. ^ Graddy, Tyler. "Shaquem Griffin One-on-One: Life After Football, Book Plans and Living Away from His Brother | KnightNews.com". knightnews.com. 
  5. ^ Green, Shannon (April 24, 2017). "For UCF standout Shaquill Griffin, NFL dream is all about family". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Stump, Scott (March 5, 2018). "College football player with one hand looks to make history at NFL draft". Today. 
  7. ^ a b McMahan, Ian (April 26, 2018). "Shaquem Griffin: can a one-handed college star make it in the NFL?". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ a b Kirshner, Alex (April 28, 2018). "Shaquem Griffin is already the NFL Draft's best story, no matter where he goes". SB Nation. 
  9. ^ a b Goodhead, Chase (February 21, 2018). "One-handed LB Shaquem Griffin on verge of making NFL history". NFL.com. 
  10. ^ a b "One-handed LB Shaquem Griffin drafted by Seahawks, reunited with twin brother Shaquill". ESPN.com. April 28, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c d Glock, Allison. "NCF: Identical twins have NFL dreams, with only three hands". ESPN.com. 
  12. ^ Drahold, Bryon (May 2, 2017). "Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin kept promise to twin brother". Seahawks Wire. 
  13. ^ a b Staples, Andy (November 16, 2017). "Shaquem Griffin: UCF's unstoppable one-handed star". Sports Illustrated. 
  14. ^ Green, Shannon (September 8, 2016). "Shaquem, Shaquill Griffin shine for UCF, don't let disability hold them back". Orlando Sentinel. 
  15. ^ Adelson, Eric (August 17, 2017). "Is the NFL next for one-handed Shaquem Griffin?". Yahoo Sports. 
  16. ^ Orr, Conor. "Shaquill Griffin stuck by his twin; now NFL teams are catching up". NFL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  17. ^ "UCF's Griffin continues impressive season with interception". ESPN.com. 
  18. ^ "UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin savors first career touchdown, contributes to record-setting win". Orlando Sentinel. 
  19. ^ Griffin, Shaquem (March 2, 2018). "A Letter to NFL GMs". The Players' Tribune. 
  20. ^ "2017 Rankings, Week 17". Colley Matrix. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  22. ^ Seeley, Andy (January 10, 2018). "Knights Ranked No. 1 - UCF" (Press release). UCF Athletics. 
  23. ^ Knight, Joey (August 3, 2017). "Griffin twins go their separate ways on the gridiron for first time". Tampa Bay Times. 
  24. ^ "2013 Football Roster: Shaquem Griffin Bio". UCFKnights.com. 
  25. ^ "2013 Football Roster: Shaquill Griffin Bio". UCFKnights.com. 
  26. ^ Yohannes, Aron (April 28, 2017). "Seattle Seahawks Select Central Florida Cornerback Shaquill Griffin With No. 90 Overall Pick In 2017 NFL Draft". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  27. ^ Forde, Pat (January 24, 2018). "Why hasn't the NFL invited Shaquem Griffin to the scouting combine?". Yahoo Sports. 
  28. ^ Henderson, Brandy (January 30, 2018). "Shaquem Griffin invited to combine after initial snub". Yahoo Sports. 
  29. ^ Wilson, Ryan (March 4, 2018). "2018 NFL Combine: One-handed Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps; goal was 6". CBS Sports. 
  30. ^ Moriarty, Morgan (March 5, 2018). "Shaquem Griffin just ran the fastest 40-yard dash by a linebacker ever, and everyone lost their minds". SB Nation. 
  31. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - SHAQUEM GRIFFIN | NFL.com". NFL. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  32. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - SHAQUEM GRIFFIN". www.nfl.com. Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  33. ^ "Shaquem Griffin plans to attend 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas". NFL. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  34. ^ Teope, Herbie (April 28, 2018). "Shaquem Griffin drafted No. 141 overall by Seahawks". NFL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Shaquem Griffin signs rookie deal". NFL. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
Notes
  1. ^ a b The NCAA recognizes the Alabama Crimson Tide as the 2017 national champions, with the final AP and coaches polls ranking UCF no. 6 and no. 7, respectively. However, UCF continues to claim a national championship for the 2017 season, and the team was ranked no. 1 by the Colley Matrix, an NCAA-recognized selector of national champions.[20][21][22]
External links
  • UCF Knights bio

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