The first time Shaquem Griffin was held out of a football game, he was 8 years old. Football was for people with two hands, an opposing coach told him, and his left hand had been amputated four years earlier as the result of a painful prenatal condition.
“That was the moment I realized I was always going to have to prove people wrong,” Griffin wrote on the Players’ Tribune.
Griffin, the Central Florida linebacker, has done that and more, vanquishing even more doubters with attention-getting performances last weekend that led him to become the best story at this year’s NFL combine.
On Saturday, he bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times with the use of his right hand and a prosthetic device on his left wrist. That was only four reps off the pace of the combine’s leader, West Virginia wide receiver Ka’Raun White. On Sunday, he followed that up with a blazing, official time of 4.38 seconds in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash, and a 4.58 in his second.
NFL Network reported that 4.38 was the fastest 40 time by a linebacker at the combine since 2003.
After initially not being invited to the combine, Griffin’s draft stock has been on the rise, with scouts now predicting he could be taken
Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/ct-spt-one-handed-linebacker-nfl-combine-20180305-story.html
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