Feb 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT
Shaquem Griffin was born with a birth defect that left him with a deformed hand, which caused him constant pain until doctors removed the hand when he was four. But Shaquem hasn’t let the setback get in his way, especially when it comes to football.
Griffin, a senior safety for Lakewood (FL) High School, on Wednesday signed to play at the University of Central Florida. But for those who doubt the wisdom of signing a one-handed defensive back, check out this incredible play that happened at the International Bowl, when he deftly ripped a tipped ball out of the air with his good hand for an insane interception. I don’t know if he has the chops to make it to the NFL, but this is already a much more inspiring story than Tim Tebow could ever drum up.
Griffin signed with UCF in tandem with his twin brother, Shaquill, a cornerback, and I can’t wait to see their careers unfold together. I’m sure this isn’t the last time Shaquem’s going to make jaw-dropping, one-handed plays. A lot of times disabilities hold people back. This is a rare instance when an individual didn’t let himself become a victim and instead figured out a way to succeed. Extremely admirable.
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