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. He's a stud to say the least and he did all of that without a left hand, which he had amputated at age 4 due to a congenital condition.
Despite winning the American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year for UCF (the only undefeated FBS team in the country last season), Griffin was not even among the initial 300-plus players invited to the Combine. "It felt good to throw up 20 and show him that I can do way more than five".
"So many people are going to have doubts about what I can do", Griffin said, "and obviously, it started at the bench press".
It's no secret UCF's Shaquem Griffin is one of this year's best feel-good stories in sports, having defied odds and doubters alike to become a star on the football field despite having just one hand.
"I got goose bumps watching him, " NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. His older brother, Shaquill, also played at Central Florida and is now a cornerback with the Seahawks. I get it. But, by all accounts, the mind-blowing statistics combined with his combine performance sure add up to what looks to be a legitimately terrifying outside linebacker at the National Football League level. If I drop the ball, it's because I have one hand, not because of anything else, even if people with two hands drop the ball.
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"It felt good to do that many reps", Griffin said. I still have the feet for it, and that's why I was able to be at the Senior Bowl and move and progress at each and every position. I don't know if any of you were in the weight room today.
Are you kidding me? At the end of the day, you have to show people what you can do.
He ran a 4.58 in his second attempt.
"Unbelievable! Can't no one stop what God has for you!"
As evidenced by the way they were cheering him on in the bench press, he's inspiring his fellow draft prospects at the combine.