National Football League has never seen anything quite like Shaquem Griffin

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

On Saturday, Griffin had one of the most impressive showings of any prospect in any event when he had 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic hand. For his next trick on Sunday he set the unofficial fastest 40-yard dash by linebacker - destroying the rest of the field with a time of 4.38 seconds.

When it came time for the bench press, Griffin strapped on a prosthetic left-hand and proceed to knock out 20 reps of 225 pounds.

It's no longer a matter of whether Shaquem Griffin will become the first one-handed player to be selected in the National Football League draft.

He was born with a deformed left hand that was amputated when he was four years old.

"I watched his tape months ago, and I was like 'Wow, '" said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, who calls the Combine action on the live brodcast with host Rich Eisen.


Griffin was a two-year starter at Central Florida and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection in each of those seasons.

"I mean, I'm shaking all over the place and the bar is falling, and I can't lift 45 pounds", he said.

If you are an National Football League team, this kid is worth a spot on your 53 and is going to get his teammates fired up every single play.

Griffin was surprised by the size of the group of reporters who gathered around him at the end of his workout on Saturday, "I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people". Him just saying five, five is me just warming up. I got a few interceptions against some slots (two in college).

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. "If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can't wait to see how I am tomorrow". "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later".

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