One-Handed Linebacker, Shaquem Griffin, Gets Drafted to Join His Twin Brother in the NFL

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The Seattle Seahawks drafted Shaquem Griffin, a University of Central Florida linebacker who has just one hand, in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Griffin is set to join his twin brother, Shaquill, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 2017.

"I couldn't breathe. I didn't know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk," Griffin told ESPN after the moment. "It was tough -- I'm not going to lie to you -- seeing all those guys picked in front of me.

But he said he would "wait all over again" just to play on the same team as his twin again. 

Griffin lost his hand at the age of four as a result of a rare condition in the womb. He didn’t let that stop him from playing football growing up and throughout college, however.

"I don't want to be a guy who's just a feel-good story," Griffin previously told the Los Angeles Times. "I want to be a football player, and a good one at that."

He is the first ever one-handed player to be selected in an NFL draft.
He later shared footage of his family celebrating the news on Twitter.


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