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Shaquem Griffin has become a media darling

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Brett Davis)

There already has been plenty written about former UCF LB Shaquem Griffin, on this site and on others. Obviously his performance over the weekend has been much talked about. Griffin who also had a dominant week at the Senior Bowl has been a driven young man for several years now. The national media is just finally catching on to this story, which is making him a media darling.

He is even getting some love from folks out on the west coast as well. On their Monday podcast, Haberman and Middlekauff, Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff gave a ton of praise to Griffin for his combine performance:

JM: “Just an incredible accomplishment as a human, for a guy who was dealt not a great hand, that not only didn’t allow it to effect his life, used it as a powerful momentum to change his life. It’s just one of the all time great combines. For as great as Saquon (Barkley) and Vernon Davis and the total package combines, I don’t know man this is right up there.”  

JM: “If he had a hand, you’d have to say he’d have a chance to go to the end of the first round”

GH: “Is there a chance he’s almost as good by fractions as he would be with two hands?” 

JM: “I have not studied him other than watching highlights from Senior Bowl. I though Mayock (Mike) had a good point, when you go and watch multiple games with this guy, it’s probably under five times where you know a guy breaks a tackle off of him. For the most part if you didn’t know, you wouldn’t even notice, because of how physical he is, how fast he is….Is It crazy someone talks him in the second round with half an arm?  Would you be shocked if he goes in the 2nd round? I don’t think it’s that crazy”  

The full clip of Haberman and Middlekauff talking about Griffin is on the Vsporto network. 

As you can see, Middlekauff has been all about Griffin.

It’s a pretty big deal when you have two guys who’ve spent much of their life media wise out on the west coast giving love to a UCF kid. It just goes to show you the impact Griffin has had at this combine. It’s a wonderful story we will continue to talk about.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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