Last night, the linebacker was celebrating as years of determination paid off after he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the National Football League draft on Saturday.
Don't get me wrong. "I am so excited for him and his dream coming true". "It was tough - I'm not going to lie to you - seeing all those guys picked in front of me".
But NFL evaluators found weaknesses too.
Griffin said before the Draft: "I want to show the entire world, no matter [if you have] one hand, two hands, if you're a ball player, you just play ball".
"Having my brother beside me and to have competition with him, I knew what my ability was and I knew what I could do", Shaquem Griffin said. Just call me Shaquem Griffin the football player. I haven't seen anything I couldn't do.
Football players often talk about playing for their brothers.
The Griffin brothers have been teammates for their entire lives until past year.
Shaquem Griffin was a safety in high school before moving to outside linebacker at UCF when new coach Scott Frost arrived.
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Some believed the university had offered Shaquem a place just to curry favor with Shaquill.
"Everybody that likes you and roots for you, it's for them too now", Shaquill said.
It wasn't up to the Griffins this time around.
Shaquem will become the team's weakside linebacker. There have even been brothers drafted by the same team as the Titans chose receiver Kevin Dyson in the first round in 1998 and selected his younger brother Andre, a cornerback, in the second round three years later. Or the $5 million raise the Seahawks gave to Marshawn Lynch when he still had a year left on his contract?
Since the, he's been the talk of the league, and the outpouring of support from the entire NFL and wider sporting community after he was drafted was incredible to see. I've interviewed Shaquill a couple of times and not only seen, but felt, the undeniable charisma that he has. As his college teammate Jordan Akins said, "I don't care if he has one hand, two hands or no hands, he should have been drafted in the first round".
"And they continued throughout this whole process to let me know how much they loved my brother, how much they loved my family ..."
"I tell you, it's incredible".
His brother, Shaquill, was a third-round pick for the Seahawks in 2017.