Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin became the talk of the combine when he did 20 reps in the bench press on Saturday. On Sunday, the former AAC Defensive Player of the Year impressed further by running the 40-yard dash with a now unofficial time of 4.38.
Griffin put up an astounding 20 bench press reps with the help of a prosthetic to help grip the bar.
Griffin could be the first player with only one hand ever to be drafted into the NFL.
He was born with a deformed left hand that was amputated when he was four years old.
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A highly productive and decorated player for the Knights, Griffin lined up all over the field, and dominated everywhere he went. He blitzed. At the Senior Bowl workouts, he played linebacker, safety and defensive line.
Griffin told reporters, "It was awesome, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it".
"I called right after our bowl game and tried to see if I was invited", Griffin said weeks before learning the exciting news. "But I'm in the middle and all I can do is finish my job here, work as hard as possible and hopefully they give me a shot". That's one down. I've got a few more to go.
It's just one more example of a player who has refused to let his physical condition define him or hold him back from achieving his goal.
"At the end of the day, you have to show what you can do".
Griffin made a joking reference to that perception when he stepped to the podium his official interview at the Combine Saturday, saying "I thought I was going to walk over here and there were going to be like three people here".