“If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to figure it out.” - Shaquem Griffin
Shaquem Griffin Overcomes Obstacles
Shaquem Griffin’s mother was faced with a difficult choice while she was pregnant. She was carrying twins and one of them developed amniotic band syndrome, where a band was wrapped around his hand and stopped developing. If the doctors went in and made one wrong move, it could kill one of the babies. She was not willing to take that chance. So Shaquill and Shaquem were born, but Shaquem was born without his left hand. Fast forward 22 years and he is now a top prospect in this year’s NFL draft. What are the chances? Sports Illustrated finds out.
Shaquem Griffin - From UCF to NFL
It was no accident that Shaquem became the player he is today. He grew up, never letting his disability slow him down. He says, “You’re only disabled if you say you are.” He was told he’d never be able to play sports, but that just made him want to play even more! He played in high school, and through lots of trials and tribulations, him and his brother were picked to play at the University of Central Florida. His brother would not go without him. When he finally got some playing time, he really proved what he could do. “No one has more one hand catches than me.” That’s the kind of attitude he has. Funny, strong and resilient.
Sports Illustrated Highlighting Athletes
Who else has Sports Illustrated been highlighting lately? NBA player Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks. We found out how he’s doing since tearing his ACL. Golfer Russell Knox. We replayed one of his famous putts for Golf.com. Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. We found out what he’s been up to since retirement.
We can’t wait to see what Shaquem will do in the NFL. Thanks so much Sports Illustrated for telling stories like these.
Watch the full piece HERE.