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Shaquem Griffin, UCF star with 1 hand drafted by Seattle Seahawks

29 April 2018

I anxious I was being overly sentimental to think the Seahawks should choose the one-handed linebacker from Central Florida who just so happened to be the twin brother of Shaquill Griffin, the cornerback the Seahawks drafted in the third round a year ago.

Shaquem was drafted during the fifth round to the Seattle Seahawks as the team's newest cornerback - joining his twin brother Shaquill on the team.

"It's wonderful just to be here right now, I couldn't ask for more, " Shaquem Griffin said. "It was unexplainable. I couldn't ask for anything in the world than to be with my brother".

He enjoyed an outstanding career at the University of Central Florida, where he appeared in 39 games with 26 starts, amassing 175 tackles, 18.5 sacks two interceptions and 11 passes defended. "I am proud that my brother has a chance to showcase his work and talents".

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I get that Shaquem only has one hand, but he's proven he can be be an fantastic player despite his disability. One team had to feel so strongly about each brother that it would choose him before the other 31 teams who are equally determined to choose the best football players. It will be interesting to see how everything will pan out.

The footage then cuts to the siblings watching Shaquem's name being read out on the TV, at which point everyone else in the room bursts into whoops of celebration.

It was a long wait for Griffin, but the former University of Central Florida linebacker finally got the call from the Seahawks with the news that he would be the 141st overall selection in the 2018 National Football League draft's fifth round.

Here's the incredible moment Shaquem got the call from Seahawks GM John Schneider that made his dream come true.

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I don't know if I agree that Shaquem should have been drafted in the first round, but he certainly should have been taken ahead of Callaway - hands down!.

His brother, Shaquill, was a third-round pick for the Seahawks in 2017.

"He was just so expressive and so open to tell his story and tell what this opportunity meant to him in a way that moved us all", Carroll said.

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Shaquem Griffin, UCF star with 1 hand drafted by Seattle Seahawks