An NFL draft prospect with one hand who wasnt originally invited to the combine dazzled the football world with his performance
Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin became the star of the NFL Draft combine over the weekend with a dazzling performance.
Griffin, the 2016 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, initially wasn't invited to the combine before receiving a late invitation.
Adding to Griffin's story is that he had to have his left hand amputated when he was four years old because of a congenital disease. Griffin has played one-handed his whole life and used a prosthetic hand gripped to the bar during the bench press, which is when he first turned heads.
Griffin told reporters that his goal was six reps of 225 lb. He did 20 at the combine.
Griffin told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that when he first got fitted for the prosthetic hand, he struggled to lift with it, saying he could barely bench the 45 lb bar. But he kept working on it and moved up to doing 20 reps of 225 lb.
"We went to go get it fitted for me, and when I started lifting, I could barely bench the bar," he said. "I mean, I'm shaking all over the place and the bar is falling, and I can't lift 45 pounds. But it just goes to show how much work I put in to get to this point."....
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