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Call to Shaquem Griffin gives Seahawks' draft one indelible moment

Seahawks take Shaquem Griffin to pair with twin brother Shaquill Shaquem Griffin NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Seattle Seahawks' Pick
Betsy Taylor | 30 April, 2018, 11:43

Shaquem Griffin's journey to the National Football League is complete, and he gets to reunite with his brother.

Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF previous year.

Shaquill and Shaquem were team-mates at Central Florida, Shaquill only agreeing to commit to them if they would also take on his sibling.

His undeveloped left hand was amputated when he was four after the pain led him to try to cut off his own fingers.

But after countless accolades, including being the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Florida native was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. "And I'm going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong - a lot of doubters".

Shaquem Griffin embraces his family during the 2018 Chic-fil-A Peach bowl in Atlanta, GA.

He enjoyed an outstanding American football career at the UCF, where he appeared in 39 games with 26 starts, amassing 175 tackles, 18.5 sacks two interceptions and 11 passes defended.

GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have now selected 86 players over their nine drafts together in Seattle.


"It was like I was dreaming", Shaquem said.

"We're going to play him at the weak linebacker spot and see how that works out", Carroll said. "I'm extremely blessed", Shaquem said. He also bench pressed 225 pounds (100 kilograms) 20 times, using a prosthetic hand to complete the exercise. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother.

Griffin starred at college level. The elation became even greater when he learned that he will reunite with his twin brother Shaquill and the Seattle Seahawks.

I get that Shaquem only has one hand, but he's proven he can be be an fantastic player despite his disability.

"I made sure I kept his name fresh in that building", said Shaquill, who was at the draft.

"It was tough seeing all the guys picked in front of me", Shaquem Griffin told ESPN in an interview after his selection, a moment he shared with his brother.

In the only trade the Seahawks made Saturday, Seattle gave a seventh-round (248) pick to Denver to move up from 156 to 149 and take punter Michael Dickson of Texas, the Ray Guy Award victor in 2017.

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