Shaquem Griffin's journey to NFL a story of determination & brotherly love

Shaquem Griffin's trip to the NFL is a story of relentless determination and brotherly love.

News April 29, 2018, 12:31 IST


Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin playing for UCF

There are two things that Shaquem Griffin had to get used to in his life: adversity and rebuff. Fortunately, his brother has been with him every step of the way.

The linebacker realized his NFL dream on Saturday when he was selected in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks, joining his twin brother Shaquill in the Pacific Northwest, after a remarkable trip to the professional ranks.

Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition that causes the fingers of his left hand not to fully develop.

So severe was the pain in his hand that the four-year-old Shaquem tried to amputate his fingers with a butcher's knife, and that incident led his parents to take him to the hospital to amputate his hand.

But that turn of events did not stop Griffin from pursuing a sports career while competing in athletics and baseball, as well as football, and he left Lakewood High School qualified as a three-star athlete in the college recruiting class.

However, when the time came to take the leap to college it was Shaquill who received the gre In addition, he refused the interest and refused the offer of several high profile schools because they would not sign Shaquem.

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