By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
I’ll admit I can’t quit tearing up thinking about it. In fact, I’ve seen more people talk about how they cried during this draft than any other draft before. This one got us straight in the feels.
We all wanted our favorite team to draft linebacker Shaquem Griffin in this years NFL draft. We wanted to see his name called, for him to walk across that stage, and put on the hat that said our team’s name. For Seattle Seahawks fans, this want was even greater than most.
Seattle fans spent all last season in awe of a rookie with the last name of Griffin. After struggling just a bit at the beginning of the season, cornerback Shaquill Griffin not only won the starting CB position across from CB Richard Sherman, he nailed it. Seahawks finally had their bookend for Sherman. When Sherman got hurt and was out for the season, it was Shaquill Griffin who stepped up. He owned his position and became an instant fan favorite.
Enter into our story the talented CB’s twin brother, Shaquem. We all know the history. The twins played together for the University of Central Florida, with Shaquill getting drafted by Seattle last year, while Shaquem stayed for the 2017 season. UCF went undefeated this season, with a lot of credit being given to Shaquem. There was never any doubt he was talented and could ball, but there was one thing that made him stand out. He only has one hand.
— shaquem griffin (@Shaquemgriffin) April 28, 2018
After a great Senior Bowl, and an even better combine, fans were all in. They wanted him, his infectious smile, and his amazing spirit, his fantastic ability to play on their team. The question was, would a team take a chance on a one-handed football player?
The answer was yes, one team would…the Seattle Seahawks. The same team that had drafted Shaquem’s twin brother just one year ago. The team who is known for taking a chance on unconventional players. A team who knows how to take a players skill set and elevate it. This team is the perfect spot for Shaquem. Plus, he is an amazing football player, so why wouldn’t they want him?
I absolutely believe that if there is any coach who can help Shaquem Griffin realize his potential in the NFL, it’s Pete Carroll.
If I had to bet, he’s going to find his home at SS, a la another former LB/SS tweener the Seahawks drafted in the 5th round back in 2010 named Kam.
— Hawk Blogger (@hawkblogger) April 28, 2018
Fans from every team wanted Shaquem Griffin on their team, but it was Seattle that needed him on the team. With the 12s struggling with all the change of the offseason, the uncertainty of the return of safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril, the question marks surrounding S Earl Thomas, drafting a kid who is so beloved across the country, and the brother of a fan favorite, was exactly the shot in the arm Seahawks fans needed.
Wow. Chills. God is so good! Great job @Seahawks
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 28, 2018
Thank you, John Schneider. Thank you, Pete Carroll.
Now the real question is, how do I get a jersey with Shaquill’s number on the front and Shaquem’s number on the back?
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