Meet Shaquem Griffin, The One-Handed Linebacker Who May Be Drafted Into NFL | TODAY

Meet Shaquem Griffin, The One-Handed Linebacker Who May Be Drafted Into NFL | TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK. THIS IS A BIG WEEK FOR FANS OF THE NFL, WITH ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED DRAFTS AND IT STARTS THURSDAY NIGHT.>>SHAQ GRIFFIN HAS ALL OF THE TOOLS TO BE A STAR. BUT IT’S WHAT HE DOESN’T HAVE THAT IS SETTING HIM APART. TO BECOME A PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER, YOU NEED A FEW THINGS. SIZE, STRENGTH, SPEED AND UNTIL NOW, TWO HANDS.>>I KNOW WHAT I CAN DO. AND I KNOW MY EXPECTATIONS. I KNOW MY EXPECTATIONS FOR MYSELF ARE HIGH.>>Reporter: WHEN THE NFL DRAFT KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK, SHAQUEM GRIFFIN WILL MAKE HISTORY.>>I WOULD NEVER THOUGHT THAT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I’D BE AT THIS POINT NOW. I’M GLAD I MADE IT HERE.>>Reporter: WHY DIDN’T YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE HERE?>>I KNEW HOW GOOD I DID, THERE WAS GOING TO BE SOME TYPE OF DOUBT. SOME PEOPLE WANT TO PUT LIMITATIONS ON WHAT I CAN DO. AND I KNEW THAT BECAUSE IT HAPPENED IN LITTLE LEAGUE, IT HAPPENED IN HIGH SCHOOL, IT HAPPENED IN COLLEGE. EVERY PHASE OF MY LIFE. THERE’S GOING TO BE DOUBT ON WHAT THIS GUY CAN DO. I’VE DONE PRETTY WELL.>>Reporter: AS AN INFANT, SHAQUEM’S LEFT HAND NEVER DEVELOPED.>>IT WAS SENSITIVE TO TOUCH. OBVIOUSLY, WE’RE AGGRESSIVE KIDS. I ALWAYS USED TO BUMP IT OR I WOULD GET A CUT ON IT AND IT WAS EXTREME PAIN.>>Reporter: AT 4 YEARS OLD, HIS PARENTS HAD IT AMPUTATED. THAT DID NOT DIMINISH HIS LOVE FOR FOOTBALL. AND HIS TWIN BROTHER, SHAQUILLE, NEVER LET HIM USE IT AS AN EXCUSE. HIS BROTHER IS ALREADY A STANDOUT, A CORNERBACK FOR THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. DID YOU TREAT HIM DIFFERENTLY?>>NO. I DIDN’T SEE A BROTHER WITH ONE HAND. I SAW SHAQUEM GRIFFIN, MY BROTHER.>>DIDN’T HE HAVE AN ADVANTAGE BECAUSE HE HAD TWO HANDS?>>HE CAN THINK THAT, UNTIL THE COMPETITION STARTS.>>Reporter: HOW DOES ONE LEARN HOW TO CATCH WITH ONE HAND?>>YOU GET HIT IN THE FACE A FEW TIMES. I DID FIGURE OUT A WAY.>>Reporter: THE GRIFFIN BROTHERS TOOK THEIR SIBLING RIVALRY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WHERE SHAQUEM CONTINUED TO DEFY THE ODDS. HOW PROUD OF YOUR BROTHER ARE YOU?>>EXTREMELY PROUD. IT’S HARD TO PUT IT INTO WORDS. NO ONE REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT HE’S BEEN THROUGH. AND I’VE BEEN THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. SO, TO SEE WHAT HE’S BEEN THROUGH AND HOW HE OVERCOMES EVERYTHING, HE IS A HUGE INSPIRATION TO ME.>>Reporter: THIS PERFORMANCE INSPIRED MANY.>>GO TO WORK.>>Reporter: AT THE NFL COMBINE, AN AUDITION FOR THE PROS, HE RAN THE FASTEST SPRINT OF ANY LINEBACKER IN HISTORY. YOUR 40 TIME WAS THE FASTEST OF A LINEBACKER SINCE –>>THE COMBINE BEING RECORDED.>>Reporter: WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KNEW.>>PRETTY FAST.>>Reporter: DID YOU KNOW GOING IN THAT YOU WERE CAPABLE OF THAT?>>I KNEW IT. HE DIDN’T BELIEVE IT. BUT I KNEW IT. I KNEW I WOULD RUN A 4.3. I TOLD HIM. YEAH, HE’S BIGGER. YOU’RE GOING TO RUN A 4.4. THAT’S HOW HE SAID IT. YOU’RE A 4.4 GUY. YOU’RE KIND OF BIG.>>Reporter: DO YOU THINK GROWING UP WITHOUT YOUR LEFT HAND MADE YOU A BETTER FOOTBALL PLAYER THAN YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN?>>MY BROTHER SAID THAT BEFORE, TOO. I DON’T KNOW. IF YOU HAD TWO HANDS, YOU WOULD BE LAZY.>>Reporter: DO YOU CONSIDER IT A DISABILITY? A HANDICAP?>>NO. IF YOU A DISABILITY OR A HANDICAP, YOU’RE LIMITED TO CERTAIN THINGS. I CAN DO ANYTHING THAT ANYBODY ELSE CAN DO.>>Reporter: ARE YOU SICK OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE ONE-HANDED FOOTBALL PLAYER?>>IT GETS TIRING. BUT I’M GOING TO PUT THAT TO REST. I’M NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL I DO. I’M GOING TO BE SHAQUEM GRIFFIN THE FOOTBALL PLAYER NOT THE ONE-HAND WONDER. JUST SHAQUEM GRIFFIN THE FOOTBALL PLAYER.>>NO DOUBT IN MY MIND, IT WILL HAPPEN. HE WILL BE DRAFTED ON THURSDAY. ONE OF THE STORYLINES TO WATCH IN THE DRAFT. OUR FRIENDS AT THE NFL NETWORK WILL HAVE IT COVERED ALL WEEK LONG. HIS FATHER HAD THIS SETUP IN THE GARAGE. HE SET UP A WEIGHT BENCH AND OTHER STUFF. THAT’S HOW HE LEARNED HOW TO LIFT WEIGHTS AND DO OTHER STUFF THAT MADE HIM SO STRONG AND SO FAST.>>SUCH A GREAT SENSE OF CONFIDENCE.>>AND HE SAYS, DON’T CALL ME THE ONE-HANDED WONDER. AND CALL ME BY MY NAME AND REMEMBER MY NAME.>>AND SEEING HIM AND HIS BROTHER INTERACT, IT WAS LIKE ME AND MY BROTHERS.>>ONLY, THEY CAN PLAY FOOTBALL.>>WOW.>>I MEAN, JUST SAYING.>>YEAH.>>JUST SAYING.

34 Replies to “Meet Shaquem Griffin, The One-Handed Linebacker Who May Be Drafted Into NFL | TODAY”

  1. Wow! What's an amazing spirit! — note the Irony that she loves him saying "Don't call me the one-hand wonder", with video titled "Meet Shaquem Griffin, The One-Handed Linebacker"

  2. The Seahawks just got him. We have both twins now. Welcome to western Washington and Seattle. I am so psyched.

  3. when i first saw the news and saw his face i realized i watched him race at my first travel track meet! all i remember is some dude with rad looking dreads lining up on his block with some other badass lookin guys and noticed he didn't have a hand, and all i could think was: this guy is gonna do big things. never got to know him or even knew who this guy was, but the fact that i was participating at the same track meet with someone who got drafted into in the NFL makes me feel special and proud of him

  4. That is a amazing story he will be great and for me I had 52 surgery’s everywhere but my brain and my arms and the doctor said I wouldn’t make more then 6 months of my life and I overcame that

  5. It always helps a young man to have an intact family with a strong father. Shaquem is an inspiration who doesn't exploit the cards he's been dealt. I wish him well and hope he stays the way he is.

  6. My lil girl is 6 yers old and I tell her every day she can do it all she was born with out her right hand. And she do it al no mater what

  7. This young man just made history God blessing so proud of you💜💜💜💜👍👍👍👍💪💪💪💯💯💯💜💜💜😎😎

  8. It's a proven fact us black men still conquering and overcoming barriers we're done with all adversities it's time to take over black power

  9. Praise GOD!!!! IT BRINGS TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES TO HEAR THIS STORY! YOU ARE THE MEANING OF PROUD!! May the best be for you in everything that you DO!!!!!

  10. Shaceam Griffin the Football player your the best player in the world to me and my apenyen 💪✌👋👏👋👏👍

  11. Living proof you can do anything you put your mind to! I’m cheering for you! I sure hope you get picked! Amazing inspiration!!!

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