NFL Scouting Combine 2018: Shaquem Griffin sprints 4.38 40-yard-dash

Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin had a productive college career but has to answer questions from NFL teams about playing without a left hand

That's special stuff. The 20 reps were good enough to tie him for 11th place among linebackers, along with Alabama's Shaun Dion Hamilton.

Well, that is, except for his left hand. He underwent surgery to amputate his fingers at age 4.

With a prosthetic left hand, Griffin put up 20 bench press reps on Saturday. "I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can't wait to watch him tomorrow".

Griffin uses the hashtag #againstallodds on Twitter.

When he first used the prosthesis, he said he couldn't even lift the weight bar.

"I've been feeling that all week since I've been here", Griffin said.

"So as soon as I heard I was at 16, I was like, "Oh, yeah, I'm going for 20".

He had now passed his personal best.

"My goal was six".

Griffin told reporters, "It was unbelievable, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it". "I didn't know I had it in me, but it came out today". "And I just started cranking them out".

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Griffin's unofficial 4.38 40 was the fastest from a linebacker at the combine since 2003.

And even with all of that, he was barely in invitee to the combine this year. "I watched his tape months ago and I was like, wow". "He's a helluva player". "I feel really good hearing that from them".

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There was widespread speculation that Griffin wouldn't be present at the combine when he said at the Senior Bowl, an All-Star exhibition football game for college players, that he still hadn't been invited to the event, sending everyone in the college football world into a frenzy. That near-decision gets more insane by the hour. He was a two-time first-team All-AAC selection playing for UCF, earning the conference's defensive player of the year award in 2016. But he's about 30 pounds lighter than his brother and plays cornerback.

What makes Griffin such a fascinating and inspiring story is obvious, he's blowing away scouts at the combine and is doing so with only one hand. He is fast and athletic and instinctive.

It seems unlikely any team will take him as a kicker, but as an addition to an National Football League defense, Griffin's 20 reps on the bench press may be enough of a calling card to earn a shot. Well, I've been a DB most of my life.

Are you kidding me? I got a few interceptions against some slots.

The Central Florida linebacker has taken joy in every moment of this NFL Scouting Combine, and his session with the media was no exception.

Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back. "Some of my buddies were in there and they said it was awesome". But at the end of the day, it's not my choice. Because when I wake up in the morning and I brush my teeth and look at myself in the mirror, it's only me that I see in the mirror.

He ran a 4.58 in his second attempt. He could be projected as a fifth or sixth round draft pick. Because while he doesn't set limits on himself, others do. "I was ready to go". "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later".

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