Amputee Shaquem Griffin wows National Football League community with record-breaking combine

Watch Shaquem Griffin Do 20 Reps On Bench Press With Prosthetic Hand

Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. Five, six, seven, eight ... the fans began counting out loud. The Chargers need to worry about covering Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and bringing down Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch four times a year, and Griffin can certainly help with both of those issues. This guy is going to inspire so many people beyond football, and I absolutely love all of the success he is having.

Shaquem Griffin was projected before the combine to be at best a mid-round pick. Griffin's outstanding athletic traits, which translate readily on game film as well, have had many salivating at playing him in a hybrid LB/safety role and as a special teams dynamo. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock suggested NFL teams will average the times in an evaluation of Griffin's speed, which host Rich Eisen backed up with the idea that teams do their own hand-timing of the 40-yard dash anyway.

"If I feel this good (Saturday), I can't wait to see how I am (Sunday)", Griffin said.

"I'm able to grasp things really fast when it comes to coverage", he said at the Senior Bowl. That's the fastest time by any linebacker in 15 years, and the third fastest of any player this year regardless of position. Forget about the deformity, or whatever you want to call what he has. Other times, you see a tackle try and jump early to get a quick step on Griffin, and he is able to bounce inside with a quick step and straight line to the quarterback. When the ball was thrown in his direction, he caught it.

Griffin is set to take the NFL by storm. Image Getty
Griffin is set to take the NFL by storm. Image Getty

The 4.38 40-time would be identical to what Griffin's twin brother - defensive back Shaquil Griffin - ran previous year at the NFL Combine.

Fun fact: Shaquill ran a 4.38 40 at last year's combine though at 197 he's 30 pounds lighter than Shaquem. He can play safety. On Saturday, the defensive linemen and linebackers had their opportunity to show their strength.

Set aside, for now, the combine performance. "Played well against high level competition", Sherman tweeted.

The motivation is always there, and so is the inspiration.

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