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At the Senior Bowl in January, Griffin was asked which pro players he admired and even tried to emulate. And he was named the practice player of the week.

Griffin exploded onto the college football scene in 2016 when he moved from defensive back to linebacker. That could increase the odds Shaquem will have the chance to reunite with his twin brother Shaquille, who already is a Seahawks cornerback after leaving Central Florida the previous year.

Shaquem is open to suggestions from any team.

"That would be one heck of a story, I can tell you that", Griffin said with a laugh. [If] you need somebody to cover, I can cover not just tight ends, but slots, too. Griffin said the most he had even benched during his training sessions was 11 reps. Show me what you can do and we'll go from there. I got you.' I might start crying.

And his attitude is infectious.




This past season he closed out his career as the MVP of the Peach Bowl, helping Central Florida defeat Auburn 34-27 and finish with a 13-0 record.

It didn't seem to matter which side of the line that Griffin lined up on.

"People talk about what I can't do and what I can't accomplish", he said. "If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can't wait to see how I am tomorrow". "I think I beat that by a lot. That was an fantastic feeling, and it makes you enjoy it that much more".

Four years later, Griffin can bench as much as 395 pounds. In two years with the Golden Knights, griffin posted 166 total tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock described what it was like to watch Griffin overcome adversity. A combine he nearly wasn't invited to at all, and only made it via a late invite. "I feel really good hearing that from them". The reigning AAC Defensive Player of the Year has exceeded every expectation on the field. "It's like, he has one hand, so how can he play football? Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has". "He's an energy-giver".


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