Star amputee Shaquem Griffin selected by Seahawks


With the 141st overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft's fifth round, Shaquem Griffin made history on Saturday by becoming the first one-handed player to ever be selected in the draft.

ABOVE VIDEO: Shaquem Griffin's pumped out 20 reps on the bench press with his prosthetic handat the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "Hearing things like that, I had to take it upon myself to make sure that I show them if no matter if I have one hands, two hands or 30 hands, I can play football".

This milestone is very special to Griffin as he will be playing side-by-side with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin who was drafted by the Seahawks as a third-round draft pick previous year and is now the team's cornerback.

Reynolds says he's backing Griffin to get drafted by the Seahawks who also have his brother - Shaquill - on their books. He followed that up by recording a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the fastest ever by a linebacker - 4.65 seconds is considered outstanding - and the exact same time as his brother managed past year. "We're going to try to put him in spots where we can utilize the great speed that he has, and he's as fast as you can get as a linebacker", Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother.

Despite not getting picked in either Round 2 or 3 on Friday, Griffin - who attended the draft in Dallas - signed a marketing deal with Nike on Friday, as well as having secured endorsement deals from Bose, JC Penney and Eleven James.

"This is not the end of my's only just the beginning", Griffin told ESPN.

However, Griffin had his left hand amputated when he was a child.

The 6-foot-1, 227-pound linebacker from St. Petersburg went from special teams ace early in his college career to a bona fide starting linebacker. "Now that I'm here I'm happy with how anything goes", Griffin said. To see your dream come true and come true the way it did today, to get a chance to play with each other today, it means the world to me.

That's a lot of pressure for Griffin to live up to as he begins his National Football League career, but the Seahawks are going to give him the chance to turn himself into a star at the highest level.

"People doubt me on every single level, every single stage".