Shaquem Griffin might not be a first-round pick when the NFL Draft comes to Arlington in April.
But he's already one of the best stories among pro prospects.
Griffin, a linebacker from the University of Central Florida, has one hand – but that didn't stop him from throwing up 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the NFL Combine on Saturday in Indianapolis. Griffin, who was born with a condition that required his left hand to be amputated when he was 4, was wearing a prosthetic hand at the Combine on Saturday.
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As NFL.com noted, 20 reps was 16th among linebackers at the Combine but more than top prospects such as Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews and offensive lineman Orlando Brown
But Saturday wasn't the first time Griffin showed that having one hand doesn't slow him down.
He was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He is projected to be drafted in the 5th-6th rounds.
Griffin recently penned an open letter to NFL general managers on The Player's Tribune, detailing his journey. He told a story from when he was 8 and an opposing youth coach told him he shouldn't be allowed to play football because of his hand.
"Like I was defective or something. Like I didn’t belong," Griffin wrote. "And that was the moment I realized I was always going to have to prove people wrong."