Seattle Seahawks Shaquem Griffin made headlines after meeting a cute little fan at a rehabilitation center in Florida. The NFL player is missing his left hand, and guess what… The cute fan misses his hand, too.
Griffin has the only goal in life to inspire kids with disabilities to turn their dreams into reality. He met the little kid and showed him that impossible is nothing. Joseph is missing part of his left arm, and he was super happy to meet the 23-year-old player at the Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville. Griffin lost his left hand when he was a kid, but that did not stop him from chasing his dreams.
— Ryan Totka (@RyanTotka) February 9, 2019
Griffin is a fighter
The linebacker was a college star at the University of Central Florida, and he was their fifth-round pick in last year’s NFL Draft. Griffin had his hand amputated when he was four. He was born with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition in which fingers can’t grow properly. His condition was so bad and it hurt him a lot, and Griffin even wanted to cut it off. That’s how the family decided to have his hand amputated.
Griffin was brilliant at last year’s NFL combine in Indianapolis when he made 20 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press with his prosthetic left hand. A day later, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. This is the best time a linebacker has ever had at the NFL combine. The Seahawks could not ignore that success. Griffin’s twin brother, Shaquill, is a cornerback in Seattle. During his rookie season, Griffin had 18 tackles and was active in every match.
“I don’t even like hearing words like (handicapped),” he said in an interview last year. “Because if you got a disability or a handicap, that means you’re limited to certain things. And I don’t feel like I’m limited to nothing. I can do anything anybody else can do.”