Amputee Shaquem Griffin wows National Football League community with record-breaking combine

Shaquem Griffin did 20 bench press reps with prosthetic after writing inspiring letter to GMs

He got a lot of people verklempt Saturday when, with the aid of a prosthesis on his left arm, he did 20 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the combine.

It's no longer a matter of whether Shaquem Griffin will become the first one-handed player to be selected in the National Football League draft.

He was born with amniotic band syndrome - a congenital birth defect that causes parts of the body to become entangled in the bands in the womb - and a malformed left hand.

Shaquem Griffin improved his chances of a lucrative NFL contract when he wowed scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "I mean, my adrenaline was going through the roof and I didn't feel like I needed to stop".

The 6-2, 227-pound Griffin played a hybrid role in the Knights' defense, lining up all over the place. He also earned defensive MVP honors in the Peach Bowl in January, which capped UCF's undefeated season with a win over Auburn.

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There will continue to be doubts about how an National Football League linebacker can get off blocks with only one hand.

Griffin believes that his story can inspire other kids to achieve. You want me to play kicker or punter, all I gotta to is get a good stretch in and I can kick the ball, too. He was the (American Athletic) Conference player of the year two years ago.

"I got it my freshman year at UCF, I remember we went to go get it fitted for me, " Griffin said. At the end of the day, you have to show people what you can do.

Griffin's performance could well have improved his draft stock, with projections before the Combine that he would be taken in the middle to late rounds when the NFL Draft is held in late April. "I didn't know I had it in me, but it came out". "But I'm in the middle and all I can do is finish my job here, work as hard as possible and hopefully they give me a shot".

"If I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and (soon we'll) inspire a thousand", Griffin said.

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