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One-handed linebacker is talk of Combine after stunning sprint

05 March, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Shaquem Griffin

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine has become the Shaquem Griffin show.

"My goal was six", Griffin said.

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

"Everybody in the stands was hyping me up". That's one down. I've got a few more to go.

Following up his impressive bench press showing, Griffin gave an encore during his 40-yard dash. "I'm definitely going to show everybody. I was ready to attack it". "I've never had a problem doing that". "Let's go!" Griffin recounted. Him just saying five, five is me just warming up.

The crowd was hollering by now.

He had now passed his personal best.

Can this really be happening? His twin brother, Shaquill, was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks a year ago and enjoyed a successful rookie season. When I first got to training, I did like 11 reps. "I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can't wait to watch him tomorrow".

If that unofficial time holds, it will be the fastest by any linebacker since 2003.

Griffin received a loud ovation from the fans in attendance for his feat, which bested each of the 10 offensive linemen to do their bench presses Friday.

Despite having just one hand, he kept up with his twin brother on and off the field.

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Griffin was surprised by the size of the group of reporters who gathered around him at the end of his workout on Saturday, "I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people".

Somebody is going to get a heck of a football player in this young man.

Griffin is more than a feel-good human-interest story.

Griffin, using a prosthetic on his left hand, shocked everyone by posting 20 reps Saturday.

Griffin is a versatile player who many scouts have projected to be used as an outside linebacker or a safety.

"But I did it and competed with everybody else and did 20, and that's just one step closer to everything I need to accomplish". I'm excited about tomorrow.

"He's going to be on an National Football League team next year", Mayock said, "and I can't wait to watch him".

Griffin said he hopes he's an inspiration to kids everywhere. Talk about a multi-dimensional talent - this guy is the real deal.

"Just starting that off, I just felt the energy from everybody", Griffin told NFL.com after accomplishing the incredible feat. That near-decision gets more insane by the hour.

Majority will tell you they'll put on their Joe Cool face and act as if this happens to them every day.


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