Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

One-handed National Football League prospect posts 20-rep bench press at scouting combine

One-handed National Football League prospect posts 20-rep bench press at scouting combine

If that unofficial time holds, it will be the fastest by any linebacker since 2003.

Griffin is attempting to answer that question resoundingly in the affirmative.

The NFL Combine runs through Monday.

Though it seems illogical that a player with only one arm could be an effective defender, Griffin has adapted wonderfully, using his forearm to fend off opponents.

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome, which eventually led to the amputation of his left hand at the age of four.

An unquestioned leader on the field and in the locker room, Griffin was the heart and soul of a UCF team that stood alone at the end of the 2017 season as the only undefeated team in the FBS, capping off their improbable run with a Peach Bowl win over Auburn.

But it also didn't stop some National Football League scouts from apparently wondering if he can make the jump to the next level, which resulted in Griffin initially being left off the list of the 330 players invited to the Combine. "I felt it. I didn't know I had it in me, but it came out today".

Instead, there were maybe 10 times that number as Griffin's profile appears to be rising as high as his draft status.

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These days, other than using the prosthesis for weight training, Griffin relies on the many other physical and mental gifts he has. "If you want me to be a kicker or a punter, I'll just get a good stretch and I'll kick the ball, too". "He's a special dude". He was the conference player of the year two years ago.

Pete Carroll, who coaches Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill, with the Seattle Seahawks, clearly liked what he saw. If he does his part, he'll get his chance.

Amazingly, Griffin's previous best was 11 reps of 225 pounds. "I mean, my adrenaline was going through the roof and I didn't feel like I needed to stop". I couldn't believe he got the late invite here. "I feel really good hearing that from them". A two-time first-team All-American Athletic Conference defender, Griffin would likely excel as a special teams player, or weakside linebacker, at the National Football League level. "He's an energy-giver".

No left hand, no problem for Shaquem Griffin. He spent time at all three levels at the Senior Bowl, and said he expects to do DB drills at the UCF pro day.

If Griffin says he can do it, he probably will. "I think I beat that by a lot".

If there are children watching him who are facing similar obstacles in life, Griffin is proud to be their champion.

Are you kidding me?

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