Then Griffin, who trained for the combine at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, blazed a 4.38 in the 40 , the fastest time by a linebacker since records started being kept in 2003.
"I would love to play with this guy," tweeted Denver Broncos All-Pro defender Von Miller, one of many NFL players wowed by Griffin's performance.
His twin brother, Shaquill, who won the competition to get out of the womb by 60 seconds, as the family puts it, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round a year ago.
Shaquem's mom, Tangie Griffin, watched his combine performances back in their hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla., with an ESPN camera crew there to capture it.
Griffin's dad used to toil in the middle of the night in the garage trying to create apparatuses that would help his son do bench presses, push-ups and curls.
"The only thing I anticipate is that he gets the opportunity," said Tangie, who said the family receives letters and Facebook messages regularly from those who have also dealt with birth defects.
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