Shaquem Griffin, One-Handed LB, Overcomes It All to Dominate the NFL Combine

Doug Farrar

INDIANAPOLIS — When Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin came to the scouting combine, he knew he’d face skepticism from NFL teams. After all, Griffin’s combine invite had come late—not until Jan. 30—despite an outstanding Senior Bowl week, his status as the 2016 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an eye-opening 12-tackle, 1.5-sack game against Auburn in the Peach Bowl, which was punctuated by a late interception caused by yet another Griffin pressure of quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Griffin knew he’d have doubters for one reason: He did everything he did in college without a left hand. Griffin’s hand was amputated at age four because a rare birth condition called amniotic band syndrome had prevented his fingers from fully developing and caused great physical pain. That didn’t stop Griffin, who attended UCF with twin brother Shaquill, who was selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2017 draft and is now one of the up-and-coming cornerbacks in the league.

None of that mattered for Shaquem’s professional prospects, though. He’d have to come here and prove he could back up everything on his tape with a level of athleticism commensurate with NFL talent.

Griffin wasted no time doing so, amazing everybody—including his

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