One-handed Shaquem Griffin runs fastest linebacker time in 15 years

Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps with prosthetic after writing inspiring letter to GMs

Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps with prosthetic after writing inspiring letter to GMs

UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin ran a 4.38 40-yard dash Sunday at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the fastest for a linebacker at the combine since 2003.

In a room full of cheering people, Griffin put a prosthetic hand on his left arm and posted 20 bench press reps at 225 pounds.

Griffin is attempting to be the first player with one hand - according to the National Football League - to be drafted in the modern era. Griffin does not have a left hand, having been born with amniotic band syndrome, which prevented his hand from being fully formed.

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Griffin, who wasn't invited to the National Football League combine until after the Senior Bowl, blistered the 40 in 4.38 seconds on Sunday at the National Football League combine. Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has. He also earned defensive MVP honors in the Peach Bowl in January, which capped UCF's undefeated season with a win over Auburn. Everything he's done on and off the field should have him locked in as a top-100 player in this year's draft.

When Griffin was at the Senior Bowl last month, he worked with both the defensive line and at linebacker in practices. "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". I got the guys I'm here with hyping me up.

"It was wonderful, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it", Griffin said. I couldn't believe he got the late invite here. The only knock against him is that he only has one hand.

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"At the end of the day, you have to show what you can do". He could be projected as a fifth or sixth round draft pick.

"So many people are going to have doubts about what I can do, and obviously, it started at the bench press", he said. "I always hold myself to a higher standard because, if we're doing drills and I drop a ball, it's, 'He dropped the ball because he has one hand'".

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