ARLINGTON, Texas – If you spend time feeling sorry for Shaquem Griffin, he will win.
"Do not pity, do not take it easy, because I'm going to give is all I have," said the one-handed linebacker who starred in Central Florida on Wednesday. "Someone will be ashamed". I guarantee it will not be me, so you'd better give me your best option because I'll reach 100 mph with every move. "
The NFL prospect came to AT & T Stadium on Thursday with the greatest uncertainty about when he would be recruited From the 22 players who will sit in the green room, Griffin knew he could wait the longest wait.
Maybe it was only appropriate, however, for the man who has not been given anything.  Griffin has spent his life demonstrating after being born with amniotic band syndrome and having his left hand amputated at the age of 4. Little has been done to slow down at 6 feet and 227 pounds that impressed on the combine, Although he had not originally been invited, he led UCF to an unbeaten season as a senior in the red jersey and earned Peach Bowl MVP honors, despite spending his first three years bouncing at the bottom of the depth chart; he stayed with He trusted in what he could do, even though people constantly told him what he could not.
"I'm more than a guy with one hand, and I had to make sure I showed [NFL teams] that I'm a football player at the end of the day," Griffin said. "If you join me in your team, you'll get a diamond in the rough." I'm not going to be a guy who's satisfied with where he is. "
When he received an invitation to attend the draft in person, Griffin had no qualms about accepting, he spent last year's draft at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida , waiting to hear the name of his twin brother Shaquill called in the third round by the Seahawks.
Now, he wants to experience that in person, regardless of how long his wait could be.
"It's going to be a movie for us, "said Griffin." Having the opportunity to be here, people dream about that. I remember when I was a little boy, I used to see him all the time and I thought, "Man, I wish I could do something like that."
"I do not care when I go in. I had the opportunity to be in the draft, why not?"