Shaquem Griffin a 22-year-old linebacker from the University of Central Florida made NFL history becoming the first one-handed player to be drafted into the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks picked up Griffin during the fifth round at the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas becoming the teams newest cornerback. He's also joining his twin brother Shaquill on the team.
“I couldn’t breathe,” Shaquem told ESPN after being drafted. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.”
Shaquem was born with a congenital birth defect that affected his ability to use his left hand before having his hand amputated as a child due to extreme pain.
On a post from Instagram he stated, "Thank you to everyone who has helped push me, motivate me and support me. Most importantly, thank you Seahawks." Also adding hashtags #GoHawks #AgainstAllOdds #BoseAmbassador #NFLDraft. Congradulations Shaquem!