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Former Knights LB Griffin receives honor from Cowboys Jason Witten

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The attention and the accolades for UCF’s Shaquem Griffin continue. Thursday night in Texas, he was honored by Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and his foundation with it’s newly-created “Collegiate Man of the Year” award.

Griffin, who was part of UCF’s unbeaten season and the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was recognized for his leadership on and off the field

The award is modeled after the NFL’s “Walter Payton Man of the Year,” and Griffin beat out fellow finalists QB Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State and S Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama.

In addition to the honor, Griffin also will get a $10,000 donation from Jason Witten’s “Score Foundation” to UCF athletic scholarship fund.

“I am truly honored to present the inaugural Collegiate Man of the Year award to Shaquem Griffin,” Witten said. “Shaquem embodies everything that is great about college football and everything that makes a great leader. He has obviously overcome a lot of adversity to accomplish all that he has, and the fact that he gives so much of himself to the community makes him even more impressive.”

As for what’s in his immediate future, after initially not being invited, Griffin will now be attending the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He had participated earlier in January in the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Griffin projects as a safety / linebacker hybrid and most draft analysts have him being taken somewhere between the second and the fourth round coming up.

You are probably aware by now that Griffin lost his left hand after a genetic birth defect was causing him so much pain. And the possibility existed that the illness was going to spread in his arm requiring amputation. He hasn’t let that slow him down and is chasing his dream to play professional football.

His twin brother Shaquille was drafted in the third round last year, and he played significantly for the Seattle Seahawks.

So, obviously Shaquem Griffin is looking to follow in his brothers footsteps 12 months later at the April draft.

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