Griffin's left hand was amputated when he was four years old because of a rare birth defect called Amniotic Band Syndrome - where a limb or digits are entangled in amniotic fibers in the womb. Shaquill joined the Seahawks last season and became a starter as a rookie.
"This is not the end of my road.it's only just the beginning", Shaquem said.
"I'm a guy who is going to come in and work my butt off", Griffin said in his conference call with the Seahawks media. I'm going to learn as fast as possible. I knew I wasn't going to be a first-round pick or anything like that.
Shaquem Griffin was in attendance in Dallas when his name was called at the 2018 NFL Draft. I know the 425, the 206, I know the area codes for Seattle. "I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk".
"I tell you, it's incredible". "I looked and that's when the tears just started pouring down".
He became the feel-good story of the National Football League draft.
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But he said he would "wait all over again" to be able to play on the same team as his brother again.
"It was really like a dream. Sometimes the pressure like that can break you and it is a lot of pressure", Shaquem said. It's unexplainable, the emotions, everything that was going through my mind.
Like everything else that has been a testament to the perseverance of Shaquem Griffin's football career, the NFL draft's waiting process couldn't beat him either.
A do-everything linebacker at UCF, Shaquem Griffin is skilled in coverage due to his safety background but will likely contribute on special teams based on the on-field demeanor rooted in hyper-speed aggressiveness.
But after countless accolades, including being the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Florida native was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. He also had 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds while using a prosthetic device. "My partner here was kind of a mess, to tell you the truth, when he handed me the phone". "I checked to see if he locked the door; he didn't lock the door".
Griffin said all he has ever asked for is a chance to show what he can do. "Even though I've been doubted so long, it was always triggered in me to just do it and to prove all of them wrong". Griffin lost his left hand to amputation when he was younger.