One-handed Griffin joins twin brother on the Seahawks

30 April, 2018, 12:13 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • History maker Shaquem Griffin will join his twin brother in the Seattle team next season

This isn't just a feel-good story, but something that should make everyone feel great. "This is a great experience, just to be here right now with my family", Griffin told the NFL Network's Scott Hanson, who served as the final-day stage host. I'm not anxious about where I go, what time I get picked or what team picks me, as long as I get a chance to get to a practice, I'm going to show everybody what I can really do'. He has a lot of messaging that he's going to stand strong with and we're all going to grow from I think.

Griffin waited during the first two days of the draft in the green room of AT&T Stadium's backdrop while player after player had their names announced.

Shaquill urged the Seahawks to take his brother. It's not like I know the family or anything. "I didn't know what to say. I mean, I was just lost for words".

So I anxious I felt too strongly about Shaquem to have an objective view of his value as a potential draft pick. "The ball carriers will be faster and stronger than those at the college level, requiring the defensive players to have good technique to bring them to the ground and end the play".

"It was really like a dream". Carroll said the intent is to start Griffin at weakside linebacker and let him use his speed in different areas on the field. "It's unexplainable. The emotions, everything that was going through my mind".

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The Griffins decided not to return to the draft venue Saturday, instead waiting to hear the news at a nearby Arlington hotel. Griffin was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons. He also served as a team captain for last season's 13-0 team.

He gained attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.

Griffin also bench-pressed 225 pounds (102kg) 20 times, three more than his twin had managed, having attached a prosthetic hand onto the bar.

When he received a phone call from Seahawks general manager, John Schneider, and Coach Pete Carroll to notify him, the UCF star repeatedly said he was out of breath and overwhelmed.

Griffin said all he has ever asked for is a chance to show what he can do. "Even though I've been doubted so long, it was always triggered in me to just do it and to prove all of them wrong".

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