One-handed Griffin making impact well before NFL draft

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Annika Emmert and her mom made the short trip south to attend Shaquem Griffin’s pro day at UCF.

They grabbed a spot right behind the sideline barricade at the school’s steamy, on-campus indoor practice facility.

They watched. They cheered. They waited for Griffin to complete linebacker and defensive back drills, meet with a few NFL scouts and then finish up several rounds of media interviews.

When he was finally done, Griffin stopped to say hello to Emmert and another prosthetic-wearing teen. The reason was obvious.

Emmert, a 13-year-old middle-school student from St. Augustine, has one hand like Griffin. They exchanged pleasantries, talked about his workout, next month’s NFL draft and getting ice cream and strawberry sodas.

If Griffin has even close to the impact in the NFL that he’s had on Emmert and others with disabilities, he’ll be a star.

”Everything he does is just an inspiration to anyone like me,” Emmert said. ”Basically, it’s just amazing what he’s done and what he can do.”

Tears trickled down Emmert’s cheeks a few minutes later as she spoke about kids her age refusing to high-five her nub following soccer matches. And then she beamed thinking about all Griffin has accomplished and everything he has in front of him.

”Even if it’s not a big thing, it’s always a big thing meeting someone like him

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