Shaquem Griffin's 40-yard-dash time stuns at NFL Combine

Shaquem Griffin's 40-yard-dash time stuns at NFL Combine

Griffin, who according to the NFL is attempting to become the first player with one hand to be drafted into the league in the modern era, got a roar from the fans in the bleachers when he put up 20 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press.

Throw that thought out the window, though, after Shaquem Griffin continued his lighting-up of the Combine on Sunday with a spectacular 4.38 time in the 40 on Sunday morning, by far the fastest of any linebacker here, and according to the National Football League the fastest of any linebacker since 2003 (watch it here).

Shaquem Griffin, who initially was not invited to the combine after earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the American Athletic Conference, is trying to become the first player with one hand to be drafted in modern National Football League history.

Griffin was born with a deformed left hand which was amputated when he was 4 years old.

Shaquem Griffin is taking the NFL Scouting Combine by storm, and continues to defy the odds despite his significant physical disadvantage. Shaquille now plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

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An unquestioned leader on the field and in the locker room, Griffin was the heart and soul of a UCF team that stood alone at the end of the 2017 season as the only undefeated team in the FBS, capping off their improbable run with a Peach Bowl win over Auburn. He was the (American Athletic) Conference player of the year two years ago. He blitzed. At the Senior Bowl workouts, he played linebacker, safety and defensive line.

"I got it my freshman year at UCF, I remember we went to go get it fitted for me, " Griffin said. "And I just started cranking them out". I've got a few interceptions against some slots. I got the guys I'm here with hyping me up.

"I mean, I'm shaking all over the place and the bar is falling, and I can't lift 45 pounds", he said. He could be projected as a fifth or sixth round draft pick.

"I came here [to the combine] to check every box on the list of things people say I can't do, " Griffin said. "I always tell everybody, if I can inspire one, and they can inspire another and inspire a thousand later".

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