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One-Handed Linebacker Shaquem Griffin Ran a 4.3, Bench Pressed 20 Reps

Jan 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) and linebacker Shaquem Griffin (18) react after defeating the Auburn Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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One of the best stories of the weekend came from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as the best draft prospects in the country meet to show off their skills in front of all 32 NFL teams.

Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker out of UCF who had his left hand amputated at age four, made headlines yesterday by completing 20 repetitions of 225 lbs in the bench press event using a prosthetic hand.

20 reps as a linebacker is impressive in itself, doing it with a prosthetic hand is remarkable. Griffin completed more reps than 11 of the offensive lineman that participated in this same drill and 22 of the running backs that also participated.

Griffin didn’t stop there, he came out today and ran the fastest 40 yard dash by a linebacker since 2003.

Griffin could not have had a better weekend, boosting his draft stock exponentially with an extremely impressive workout.

If you want to learn more about Griffin’s story, check out his draft profile here.


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

3 Comments for One-Handed Linebacker Shaquem Griffin Ran a 4.3, Bench Pressed 20 Reps

  1. Rabbi Li
    7:49 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    This is very similar to the article written about the female who tries out for a mens pro team.

    There is a physical advantage at the pro level that can’t be overcome (maybe we’ll see a female kicker some day however the only thing preventing that is consistency from 50+ & consistent kickoff distance).

    There are many things this man can & will be successful at and I wish him the best when he pursuits those things.

    1. Is it a feel good story? It depends if the individual is happy being exploited (for feel good stories) based on their handicap and not for their goal (to make & play professional football).
    2. Will this guy ever make a pro team & play as a linebacker? No.
    3. Could this guy help a team? Sure, as a coach/inspirational leader.

    Once you get to the pro level a linebacker has to have 2 hands. There is no other position that requires 2 hands more (although there are positions that require it as much e.g., receiver, running back).

    • SuperTroy18
      1:03 pm March 5, 2018 Permalink

      Jason Pierre-Paul is doing pretty well with not much left of his hand after the fireworks accident. If he’s a linebacker, he wouldn’t need it as much as a lineman, but I see your point. If you’re trying to tackle NFL playmakers that are nearly impossible to tackle anyway, ANY physical handicap is realistically not going to allow you to be successful in that League.

  2. ukblue22
    8:38 am March 5, 2018 Permalink

    He showed he could play at the elite college level during the bowl game against Auburn. He may not be able to play Linebacker at the NFL level but he has the speed to play Strong Safety. Half those guys couldn’t catch a snowflake in a blizzard to begin with. As long as he can know the ball down or into the air he’d be great on run support and double covering someone.