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Star amputee linebacker Shaquem Griffin selected by Seahawks

April 28 2018 8:47 PM

Shaquem Griffin's journey to the NFL is complete, and he gets to reunite with his brother.

The amputee linebacker's wait to hear his name called finally came to an end on day three as he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round.

Seattle used the 141st overall selection on Griffin, a year after taking his brother - cornerback Shaquill - in the third round.

Shaquill and Shaquem were team-mates at Central Florida, Shaquill only agreeing to commit to them if they would also take on his sibling.

And, despite having had his left hand amputated because of amniotic band syndrome, Shaquem vindicated UCF's decision to take that chance.

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he racked up 33.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in his final two seasons, standing out as a pass rusher and in pass coverage.

Despite those extremely impressive years, Shaquem had to campaign for an invite for a Scouting Combine and did not waste his opportunity when he got there, completing 20 reps on the bench press with the help of a prosthetic arm and running the 40-yard dash in a scorching 4.38 seconds.

That performance made his fall to the fifth round a significant surprise and, having made a career of proving people wrong, he will now look to continue doing so and punish the teams who passed on him.

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