This one-handed football player is close to making NFL history. No NFL team has ever drafted a player with one hand, but that could change thanks to UCF’s Shaquem Griffin.
The linebacker crushed this year’s NFL Combine, where college players showcase their skills in front of NFL teams — and wasn’t even initially invited. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, which is the fastest ever recorded for a linebacker — faster, even than football stars Ezekiel Eliott and Julio Jones. He also had 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press using a prosthetic hand.
Griffin’s left hand was amputated at age 4 as a result of a birth defect called amniotic band syndrome. Despite two stellar seasons at UCF Griffin wasn’t originally given an invite to the Combine. He only earned it after turning heads at the Senior Bowl in January.
But after his amazing performance, the NFL has taken notice.
Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks tweeted, “If @Shaquemgriffin doesn’t get drafted in the first two days then system is broken. Productive and performed well at the Combine. Played well against high level competition.”
He will very likely join twin brother Shaquill in the NFL and make major strides for athletes with disabilities everywhere.