He says “Football was always plan-B”
Linebacker Shaquem Griffin announced his retirement from the NFL on August 24, 2022, writing for The Players’ Tribune that he is looking to help others as part of the NFL Legends Community.
Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at the age of 4 for amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. Became the first player with one hand to be selected in the modern-era NFL draft when the Seattle Seahawks took him in the fifth round of 2018. That move reunited him with his twin brother, Shaquill, then the Seahawks’ starting cornerback. The NFL congratulated Griffin on his retirement, posting via Twitter that he was a “true inspiration.”
Shaquem Griffin was released by the Seahawks in 2020 and said Wednesday that his brother stayed with him and missed practice the next day. His biggest concern was how he would be perceived. “I didn’t want people to think, ‘Wow, one handed guy got cut off.’ I don’t like pity. I don’t like people feeling sorry for me,” she wrote. “But at no time did I think it was everything for me in the NFL.”
Born in July 20, 1995 (age 27) St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S. His childhood was spent with his twin brother Shaquill and an American football. Their father Terry trained them alongside, never making things any easier for Shaquem. They developed sportingly with the illusion of obtaining a university scholarship. But despite his skills, Shaquem raised doubts among scouts, who couldn’t help but ponder the fact that he only had one hand.