NFL Gets 1st One-Handed Player

Shaquem Griffin had left hand amputated as a child, gets drafted by Seahawks
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2018 6:37 AM CDT
Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin poses for photos on the red carpet before the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – The Seattle Seahawks used their fifth-round draft pick on Saturday to draft one Shaquem Griffin—and make a little history: The University of Central Florida linebacker has no left hand, reports People, having had it amputated as a child due to chronic pain. "I couldn’t breathe," Griffin said. "I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk." Griffin earned his place in the big leagues by helping UCF to an undefeated season, and the AP reports he "blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude." The story gets even a little sweeter, because Griffin joins another Griffin on the Seahawks: Twin brother Shaquill, who last year was also drafted out of UCF. (Read more Shaquem Griffin stories.)

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