He used a special prosthetic strapped to his left arm in order to compete in the event. The only knock against him is that he only has one hand.
That's why, in addition to his combine performances, he published an open letter to GMs and coaches on The Player's Tribune that allowed him to express himself about the twists on his journey and declare the added dimension that he represents with his goal to inspire others. The prospect obviously smashed those expectations, and left everyone in awe.
"Just starting it off I could feel the energy from everybody", Griffin told NFL Network after pulling off the accomplishment Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
"Shaquem Griffin killing it, " Texans defensive end J.J. Watt posted.
But just one shocking result wasn't enough for the 22-year-old phenom from the University of Central Florida. The number two pass rushing prospect ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, which puts him between Texans' Jadeveon Clowney and Lions' Ezekiel Ansah, with Clowney beating him out by five-tenths of a second. On Sunday, the former AAC Defensive Player of the Year impressed further by running the 40-yard dash with a now unofficial time of 4.38. This guy is full of surprises and not only is he set to work out with the linebackers on Sunday, he will also do drills with the defensive backs. The NFL eventually came to its senses, and extended an invite. I mean, it's fantastic.
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. It felt unbelievable to reach that goal.
Shaquem Griffin's story has dominated this weekend's National Football League combine. At just under 6-foot 1 and around 230 pounds, Griffin doesn't have the size to be a full-time outside linebacker, and he may be undersized inside, too.
Griffin, the twin brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffen, is generally considered a third or fourth-round pick, but he has attracted extra attention following his head-turning performance on the bench press. Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has.