National Football League prospect clears 20 reps on the bench press with prosthetic hand

Tyler Owen
March 5, 2018

Shaquem Griffin is taking the NFL Scouting Combine by storm, and continues to defy the odds despite his significant physical disadvantage. It's only a matter of when.

Following up his impressive bench press showing, Griffin gave an encore during his 40-yard dash. If that time holds, it will be even faster than former Penn State running back Saquan Barkley, who ran the 40 in 4.40 seconds. And he's strong, too.

There's always energy in the bench press room at the National Football League scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights as everybody nearby counts the repetitions. He had to use a prosthetic hand to complete the drill, yet finished 11th among all linebackers at the combine.

He was born with amniotic band syndrome - a congenital birth defect that causes parts of the body to become entangled in the bands in the womb - and a malformed left hand.

"I hope I inspire a lot", Griffin said.

According to Fox News, "As a freshman, [Griffin] couldn't even lift the 45-pound bar, but then he was fitted with the prosthethic and his mom cried when he did his first pull-up".

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With his ability to play multiple positions, there's not much missing from Griffin's arsenal. A combine he nearly wasn't invited to at all, and only made it via a late invite.

"I want them to know that I don't have to be the guy who just rushes the quarterback", Griffin said. "I watched his tape months ago and I was like, wow". I've got a few interceptions against some slots. "I feel really good hearing that from them".

It hardly needs to be said the two would love to play together again.

The 6-foot, 227-pound defenseman, whose twin brother is a cornerback for the Seahawks, said he plans to do DB drills and linebacker drills at the combine, but when speaking to the press, Griffin offered his services at any position an National Football League team needs him.

As dozens of reporters and photographers gathered around him Saturday, Griffin said, "I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people". But I did it and competed with everybody else. "Let's go! And I just started cranking them out". But there seems to be little doubt at this point that he'll get a shot to show he can do it.

Shaquem Griffin is doing more with one hand than 99 percent of men can do with two. Shaquille now plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

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