Shaquem Griffin blazes 4.38 40-yard dash at NFL Combine

Monday, 05 Mar, 2018

So far during his impressive National Football League combine showing, Griffin has pumped out 20 reps on the bench press and recorded the fasted 40-yard dash time for a linebacker since they began the event back in 2003, with a time of 4.38 seconds. "I still remember doing my first pull-up". The linebacker from Central Florida shared his experiences of people doubting his abilities because his left hand was amputated when he was 4 years old due to a congenital birth defect.

Griffin, 22, was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year and he helped lead UCF to an undefeated season. "I'm getting a better feel [that teams see me] as a WILL [weakside] or SAM [strongside] linebacker, or in a stack, or in a 3-4 where I can be that guy at the line of scrimmage, or be a guy who moves around. If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can't wait to see how I am tomorrow". This guy is going to inspire so many people beyond football, and I absolutely love all of the success he is having.

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

Griffin said that he hopes to inspire kids around the world. "He's very exciting to watch on film because he just plays with heart, with passion". Meaning, Griffin almost doubled his personal best at the combine. Now he's proving the initial snub was a colossal mistake on the part of the NFL.

Griffin, who wasn't even initially invited to the Indianapolis Combine, is trying to become the first one-handed player drafted in the modern era.

"I've been feeling that all week since I've been here", Griffin said. "Putting players in a position to succeed ... that would be a key". The handicap of losing a hand and his lack of weight are the only things that would kick him that far down. "He's had that (amputation) his whole life. I'm not going to be able to even speak". "It may be different if the injury happened later in his career where you have to figure out a way around it". He took the combine by storm on Saturday when he ripped off 20 reps in the bench press. He was used as a rush defensive end, outside linebacker and safety by the Texans coaching staff at the Senior Bowl. "I mean, he's got cleats with feathers on (them)". "I didn't know I had it in me, but it came out [Saturday]". Shaquille now plays for the Seattle Seahawks. "It felt awesome", Griffin said, according to The Associated Press.

To go with the one Shaquem already has written.

'Unbelievable! Can't no one stop what God has for you!' tweeted Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson about the feat. "Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has".