Shaquem Griffin smashes records, leaves National Football League in disbelief at draft work-outs

Shaquem Griffin

Griffin, who would be the first player with one hand drafted in the modern era if selected in April, also made headlines for bench pressing 20 repetitions of 225 pounds, using a prosthetic on his left arm to attach to the bar. In 2014, he ran a 4.52, which wouldn't be fast enough to beat Griffin's first 40-yard dash time, but would beat Griffin's second time of a 4.58.

Coincidentally, Griffin's first run was identical to his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, who ran a 4.38 at the combine previous year. Griffin still remembers first getting fitted for the prosthetic at UCF, and how challenging those first few reps felt.

Well, Griffin put those doubts to bed pretty quickly.

Speed has always been one of Griffin's main assets and he won an athletics scholarship to the University of Central Florida alongside his twin brother, before they both switched to college football.

"Wow man. wow. I'm not going to get emotional on the phone, but it's an honor". Come (Sunday), I'm pretty sure the adrenaline will be insane.

The event can offer coaches a glimpse of a player's talent but in the past a number of athletes who impressed in the combine struggled in the National Football League, while some recorded average results in the combine but became stars in the professional arena.

Griffin's 4.38 was the fastest time recorded by a linebacker at the NFL Combine in 15 years. What if I say, 'You have two hands, how can you play football?' At the end of the day, you have to show people what you can do. "We're going to see how it goes [Sunday] and how I'm feeling after linebacker drills, see if I can take a break and come back and do DB drills or do DB drills at pro day".

"I would love to play with this guy!", Broncos linebacker Von Miller said on Twitter. "Productive and performed well at the combine".

Griffin said he's just hoping for a shot, whether it comes at linebacker or safety. "Played well against high level competition".

Griffin went on to talk about inspiring others and proving others wrong. "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later". Doesn't matter - I'm going to get it in, though.

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