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Star amputee Shaquem Griffin selected by Seahawks

30 April 2018

The Seattle Seahawks selected UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin with the 141st pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The University of Central Florida linebacker lost his left hand at the age of 4 due to a rare condition called amniotic band syndrome, which stunted the development of his hand, according to a 2012 Tampa Bay Times article.

"I don´t want to be a guy who´s just a feel-good story", Griffin told the USA media at the draft.

"This is not the end of my road.it's only just the beginning", Shaquem said.

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"If I can get to a practice, that's when everyone is going to see who I really am". "You believe you're better than guys who go ahead of you is tough".

Shaquem Griffin had to wait until the third day of the National Football League draft to hear his name called, but his historic achievement led back to a special connection.

Griffin, just like any other draft pick, will have a chance to come in and compete for a role for the Seahawks. Shaquill sprang into action when it began to ring, knowing exactly what it meant once he recognized the 425 area code on the screen. "I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk". "My partner here was kind of a mess, to tell you the truth, when he handed me the phone".

"I was using the restroom, and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying 'Answer it, answer it!'" Shaquem Griffin said while waiting for a ride back to AT&T Stadium where he would do several media interviews during the final day of the draft. "I'm just glad I was one of the selected few to be here".

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Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was awesome to see.

"He was just too unique of a player to pass up, " said Schneider of Dickson, who was the seventh punter drafted by Seattle in team history and first since Ryan Plackemeier in the seventh round in 2008.

And here's the moment the dream became a reality for Griffin. "Sometimes the pressure like that can break you and it is a lot of pressure", Shaquem said. "It's unexplainable. The emotions, everything that was going through my mind".

Callaway was drafted in the fourth round (105th overall) by the Cleveland Browns while Griffin was drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks (141st overall). He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the American Athletic Conference in 2016 after registering 12 sacks.

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His play, evidently, impressed the Seahawks enough to make him a fifth round selection - a spot in which players are nearly certain to make their team's roster. "I don't think it's going to throw us off, that he's that fast, but we're anxious to see how it works and how it fits in with him chasing the football".

Star amputee Shaquem Griffin selected by Seahawks