Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Shaquill tackles brother Shaquem in the bathroom over NFL Draft selection

Shaquill tackles brother Shaquem in the bathroom over NFL Draft selection

Go ahead and call me a Shaquem Griffin homer if you want and I won't even deny it, but I still have what I believe is a legitimate question for the talent and character evaluators in the NFL?

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

Griffin's hand was amputated due to a pre-natal condition.

Griffin was a star for the unbeaten Knights last season and then lit up his combine workouts, running a sub-4.4 second time for the 40-yard dash, the fastest time for a linebacker at the combine since 2003. "It was tough - I'm not going to lie to you - seeing all those guys picked in front of me".

SHAQUEM GRIFFIN, on the call from Seattle general manager John Schneider when he was chosen.

During his collegiate career, Shaquem totaled 122 solo tackles, 73 assisted tackles, 18.5 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

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In fact, the Seahawks were so enamored by Dickson that they had him in for one of the team's 60 official visits during the Combine.

It was a call that created the feel-good story of not just the Seahawks' draft but that of the entire NFL. We are going to try to put him in spots where we can utilize the great speed he has.

Using a prosthetic on his left arm he bench pressed over 100kg 20 times as National Football League hopefuls were put through their paces by team representatives in March. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother. Shaquill said he lobbied the Seattle coaching and scouting staff to pick his brother. He is an inspiration to all people and the message within his story is never give up when adversity knocks on the door, keep striving, working hard, and have faith in everything that you do.

"I made sure I kept his name fresh in that building", said Shaquill, who was at the draft.

"I couldn't ask for anything (else) in the world than the opportunity to be back with him", Shaquem said. His ability has been questioned at every level, but Shaquem continued to prove the doubters wrong.

Despite his birth defect, Shaquem loved playing American football from a young age, and said he was determinged to show that he was "not just a fell-good story" but a serious player in his own right.

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