Former MLB pitcher Abbott is a big fan of Shaquem Griffin

Posted April 29, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks reunited Shaquem with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin when they took him in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome affecting his left hand, causing the fingers on his left hand not to fully develop and resulting in amputation of his hand at the age of four. "I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything". The Seahawks' fifth-round pick tells the story...

'If I can get to a practice, that's when everyone is going to see who I really am. Even with solid or sometimes outstanding college careers, players like Griffin enter into the National Football League as late picks who fill out the lower third of gameday rosters.

Shaquill, who was a third-round pick by the Seahawks in 2017, became a starter in his rookie season.

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"I mean that was wonderful", Griffin said.

Added Shaquill: "I was going to be happy no matter what team that gave him the opportunity". It's not like I know the family or anything.

And he gained worldwide attention at the NFL Combine in March when he ran the ran the quickest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.

Both Griffin brothers were visibly emotional upon learning that Shaquem had been drafted by the Seahawks.

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His proud sibling, who was selected by the Seahawks in the third round a year ago, said he did not cry on his own draft day but when he heard about Shaquem's success he was unable to hold back the tears. "And aside from that he's a really good football player". "Even though I've been doubted so long, it was always triggered in me to just do it and to prove all of them wrong". "He is as fast as you can get as a linebacker", Carroll said.

The 22-year-old's story blew up after he put on an astonishing combine workout, blazing to a 4.38 forty time and pushing a remarkable 20 reps on the bench press despite having to use a prosthetic just to participate in the event.

Griffin is appreciative of all the support, but said he's not interested in being remembered just as a feel-good story, he wants to make a real impact on the field.

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