In the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks made a surprising and heartwarming choice.
On Saturday, one player heard words that changed his life: “With the 141st pick in the 2018 draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Shaquem Griffin."
Shaquem Griffin isn't an ordinary player. The University of Central Florida linebacker has only one hand. Griffin had to have his left hand amputated at the age of 4 due to a rare condition called amniotic band syndrome, which stunted the development of his hand, reported CNN.
Griffin had already overcome great obstacles by the time he reached the NFL draft. He was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year. On Saturday, the Florida native became the first one-handed player to be drafted in the modern era.
"#AgainstAllOdds," is all Griffin had to say on Twitter as he tweeted a GIF of family and friends jumping with excitement.
Being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks was especially important to the player. Not only will he get to play professional football, but Griffin will also get to play with his twin, Shaquill.
"It was like I was dreaming," Shaquem said according to ESPN. "Magical stuff started happening. It's unexplainable, the emotions, everything that was going through my mind. It was crazy."
The brothers are over the moon to be playing NFL football together–something they've dreamt of since they were 5 years old. Shaquem told Seattle-area reports that the first thing Shaquill asked him after he got the call from the Seahawks was, "So are you living with me or no?"
"We may have to knock some walls down," Shaquill joked on the conference call, "but we'll figure it out."
But the Seahawks say they didn't just draft Griffin because fans wanted them to reunite the twins. They believe he'll help out their team, which didn't make it to the playoffs last year.
was asked if the Seahawks felt any pressure to draft Griffin knowing how many fans wanted it to happen.
"No," said GM John Schneider. "We knew it was a cool story, but no."
Fans and fellow players took to Twitter to congratulate Shaqeum on what is truly a remarkable story.
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