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Chicago Bears: Earth-shattering UCF OLB Shaquem Griffin is a ideal fit

05 March, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps with prosthetic after writing inspiring letter to GMs

On Sunday, the former AAC Defensive Player of the Year impressed further by running the 40-yard dash with a now unofficial time of 4.38.

He got a lot of people verklempt Saturday when, with the aid of a prosthesis on his left arm, he did 20 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine.

Scouts project Griffin as a core special-teams player who could develop at either outside linebacker or strong safety.

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome, which eventually led to the amputation of his left hand at the age of four.

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin of Central Florida wasn't invited to the combine until late January. He was a pass-rushing linebacker over his last two seasons at UCF, but spent his first two years in the program in the secondary.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? I think that'll get bumped up. But he's about 30 pounds lighter than his brother and plays cornerback. It didn't stop him from being named the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.

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"It was awesome, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it", Griffin said. I got a few interceptions against some slots (two in college).

It's no secret UCF's Shaquem Griffin is one of this year's best feel-good stories in sports, having defied odds and doubters alike to become a star on the football field despite having just one hand.

"I was shaking all over the place and the bar was falling, " he said. I got you.' I might start crying.

Griffin has been considered a Day 3 draft prospect to this point.

As dozens of reporters and photographers gathered around him Saturday, Griffin said, "I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people". "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later".

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