It has quickly developed into one of the most amazing stories in recent memory in the NFL. Former UCF star and Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin is about to make NFL history.
Griffin, who has overcome having his left hand amputated as a small child to win American Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, is now about to have another amazing distinction.
This after Seattle named him as a starter at linebacker for the 2018 opener at Denver Sunday. Head coach Pete Carroll informed the media prior to Wednesday’s practice:
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 5, 2018
Griffin, who is reunited with his twin brother Shaquill in Seattle, has turned a situation where the NFL would not initially invite him to their scouting combine into one of its greatest short-term successes.
He already wowed scouts and personnel people with the fastest 40 time of any safety or linebacker in Indianapolis back in February. And now, has demonstrated an ability to cover and tackle that has Seattle convinced he can make a strong contribution right away.
Of course, fans of the Knights and opponents in the American Conference have known this about Shaquem Griffin for the past couple of seasons. This included his nationwide “coming out party” in the January 1st Peach Bowl win over Auburn, where he had two sacks and at times was almost un-blockable in the backfield.
He impressed the Seahawks staff, including defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., throughout their off season, and obviously, in their preseason games, as well. Griffin had 26 total tackles in the four games, including eight stops in the final game with the Raiders.
Griffin is being thrust into the lineup already, because starter K.J. Wright is recovering from minor knee surgery.
The Seahawks have had to remake their defense with the losses of players like Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. However, their standard on the defensive side of the ball is well known and this is obviously, not a charity situation.
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