One-handed prospect posts 20-rep bench press at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There’s always energy in the bench press room at the NFL scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights.

But never like this.

Even Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed do-it-all defender from Central Florida and a late invitee to the combine, didn’t expect to do what he did Saturday with his prosthetic left hand .

His personal max was 11, but he had a much more modest benchmark here.

“My goal was six ,” Griffin acknowledged afterward.

Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back.

This wasn’t his brother spotting him — the one who he was sure used to surreptitiously help him — but this new spotter was hyping him up and the crowd joined in, and his fellow linebacker prospects.

“Everybody in the stand was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. “I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”

His chest heaved.

And the counting began.

One, two, three.

“I said, this thing feels like 135. Let’s go!” Griffin recounted. “And I just started cranking them out.”

Four, five, six.

That was easy.

Seven, eight, nine.

The crowd was hollering by now.

Ten, 11 — this was his personal best.


A new high.

Thirteen … 14 … 15 … 16.

The crowd was roaring is disbelief.


Can this really be

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