Twenty reps on the 225-pound bench press sounds like an accomplishment in itself.
Shaquem Griffin wants to make history.
"I felt the energy from everybody". "My adrenaline was going through the roof and I didn't feel like I needed to stop, so as soon as I heard 16, I was like 'oh yeah, I'm going for 20.' I changed my whole facial expression, like 'oh yeah I'm going to grind this out.' It felt unbelievable to reach that goal".
"People are going to have doubts about what I can do, but I'm ready to prove them wrong", Griffin said.
Shaquem Griffin had to beg for an invitation to the NFL Combine.
According to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, he's projected to be a 5th round draft choice. I know that it won't come easy. I still do. But now, I also play because I believe it's my goal. "I get it. I only have one hand, and because of that, there have always been people who have questioned whether or not I could play this game", Griffin wrote. Griffin isn't top-notch in any of those, an undersized linebacker at 6 feet 1 inch and 227 pounds. He got the chance to play at UCF because the school just wanted to get his twin brother, Shaquille, a third-round pick by the Seahawks last season. In 2016 he was the league's defensive player of the year with 92 tackles, 11.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. If you're one of those GMs who believes that I can play in the National Football League, I just want to say thank you. New coach Matt Patricia will operate more of a hybrid look that requires linebackers to do a variety of rushing the passer and dropping into coverage, and that's the kind of team that seems to fit Griffin best. Whiteboard sessions showcase the instincts that let him rotate between linebacker and defensive back with no lag time. That's one down. I've got a few more to go.
And that applies to more than just defense. I'm never going to step limitations. "It's up to me to accomplish everything I want out of life".