AMERICA is falling in love with a possible NFL participant who has only one hand.
You may assume that might be an awesome barrier to competing within the nation's most-liked sport.
However Shaquem Griffin, 22, is scoring a landing with coaches after impressing with sensible athleticism on the NFL's annual expertise scouting occasion, the Scouting Mix.
Griffin's hand was amputated when he was 4 and he was almost snubbed by the league for this yr's Mix — regardless of having an outstanding school season.
Gamers who usually are not included within the NFL draft are often invited to compete within the Mix, in a bid to exhibit their skills and earn a contract at one of many 32 golf equipment.
American football is at present in its low season after the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the Tremendous Bowl final month in an exciting forty one-33 win over the New England Patriots.
And coaches have been taking a while to consider what new gamers they will get forward of subsequent season.
Gems have been unearthed within the NFL Mix in earlier years and gone on to win Tremendous Bowls.
However for Griffin, the battle towards prejudice is virtually as actual as his battle to win a contract.
His twin brother Shaquill is a professional footballer, enjoying cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks and he has just lately accomplished his first season within the league.
The pair performed school football collectively at College of Central Florida however Shaquem almost wasn't invited to Indianapolis to show himself on the Mix due to his hand.
Nevertheless it is not the primary time he has been ignored, experiencing one thing comparable when he was eight as a coach from an opposing workforce thought he was not allowed to play.
He stated: "It was the primary time I ever had to cope with anyone telling me I shouldn't — or couldn't — do one thing due to my hand.
"Like I used to be faulty or one thing. Like I didn't belong.
"There can be much more doubters, saying what I can't do. I feel I'm prepared to show them flawed."
Griffin's hand was eliminated by way of surgical procedure when he was 4, after he developed amniotic band syndrome that minimize off circulation and gave him ache in his left hand.
And regardless of his issues he has develop into an athletics star in addition to a football sensation and he confirmed that at Lucas Oil Stadium, operating a four.38sec forty-yard dash within the Mix, did 20 reps on the bench press and a 117-inch vertical leap.