The inspirational story of former UCF football stars turned Seattle Seahawks, the Griffin twins, has now been made into a book. And, on Monday morning the brothers were on the legendary “Today’ show to promote it.
Shaquem Griffin, who has become the first player in NFL history to play without a part of his arm or hand was on set in New York with his brother Shaquill. And they came to talk about how their football story has evolved from the Gridiron of Central Florida to one of the best football franchises in the Pacific Northwest and their new book “Inseparable:”
“We always wanted to relate to everybody and get a chance to give back.”
Twin brothers and NFL stars @Shaquemgriffin and @ShaquillG share why now was the perfect time for them to release a book about how family and sacrifice forged a path to professional football. pic.twitter.com/FQ1a7lrXD8
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 8, 2019
We have written previously about Shaquem Griffin overcoming the amputation of his left hand at an early age but not allowing them from stopping him from chasing his dream to one day play in the NFL. Shaquem Griffin ended up being the American Conference Defensive Player of the Year during UCF perfect 13 – 0 season of 2017. And then, he realized the dream being drafted in 2018 by the team that had also drafted his brother Shaquill as a defensive back the year before, the Seahawks.
Shaquem Griffin worked his way up the depth chart during his first training camp, and due to injuries to veterans actually started at linebacker in the opening game against the Denver Broncos last season. Griffin was sparingly used as the year went on at linebacker, but was active for every game primarily as a special teams player.
As the brothers told “Today” anchor Craig Melvin, they do almost everything together on and off the field. However, it was challenging two years ago for Shaquill’s rookie season in Seattle, as they were more than 3,000 miles apart.
Near the end of the interview Melvin asked about whether Shaquem hopes to get to the point soon that the amputation of his hand is no longer the story. Rather, it’s simply whether or not he’s good enough as a football player or how the Seahawks are doing that becomes the common topic of conversation?
“In do time it will come. I just got to keep doing what I’m doing. I got to keep motivating people. I got to keep playing ball. Keep making plays. One day it’s going to say, ‘Shaquem Griffin, the football player.’ But until then? I’m going to be whoever they want me to be.”
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