Shaquem Griffin receives Scouting Combine invitation

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Former Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin has confirmed he received an invitation from the NFL to participate in next month’s Scouting Combine.

“I want to let you all know I got invited to the NFL Combine,” Griffin said in a video he posted on social media. “Thank you for all your support. The entire nation was behind me and I couldn’t do it without you. Something special is coming soon and you’re going to see it. They invited the right one to the NFL Combine and I’m going to show you. I’ve got a lot to prove. Against all odds.”

Initial reports indicated that Griffin had not been invited to the Combine, and that led to an outcry among his fans, many of whom have drawn inspiration from Griffin, who has succeeded as a football player despite having his left hand amputated when he was 4 years old.

But Griffin has proved he’s a good football player, and not just a good story, and he’ll now get a chance to prove he has the athletic talent to compete at the next level.

23 responses to “Shaquem Griffin receives Scouting Combine invitation

  1. Only because the NFL got called out! Next time do the right thing the first time. I know that’s asking a lot from a group lead by that genius Roger.

    Give em hell Shaquem!

  2. I say ya give these guys a chance but understand at the same time, 1500 college football players and only a small number ever get drafted and of those half get cut probably so unfortunately its tough sledding not matter what.

  3. I truly hate to say it: before I read the story, I did not know anything about him. I quickly assumed that a big deal about his being invited to the combine was because he had a violent background. I see I could not have been further from the truth and wish him all the best.

  4. Good job NFL.
    You put out this whole narrative about diversity and inclusion, but you have no idea what that means.
    Those multi-syllable words are difficult for Troy Vincent to say, but this time you got it right. Glad to see you caving to public pressure.

  5. I wonder if the NFL can find a one legged kicker to invite to the combine?

    Joking aside, if the kid can play at a high level, he should have been invited in the first place. Hopefully his ability got him there and not his disability and vise versa.

  6. I would think that without a hand a person could not make it as a successful NFL player. But I thought the same about Jim Abbott and MLB. I’m glad there are people in the world who have so much heart they can prove people like me wrong. Go Shaquem Griffin!

  7. I wonder what he’ll bench press.

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    He has an adapter so he will do the bench press. Such a tool!

  8. He’ll get passed on until the 7th round by lazy teams who just looked at his bench number, and the lucky team that gets him will get a steal. He’ll likely only be a situational edge rusher, but anyone who saw him play knows that you’ll never find anyone with a bigger motor. The guy truly goes 100% on every play and never stops.

  9. Good luck kid!
    Every year there are a lot of prospects that get drafted that do not get invited to the combine for one reason or another. Getting invited to the combine is only one avenue. There are many paths to the NFL.

  10. This guy is a great special teams player. He is the heir apparent to Mosi Tatupu, Larry Izzo, Nate Ebner and Matthew Slater. Stick a Pats jersey on this guy.

  11. edsales87 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I wonder what he’ll bench press.

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    Dumbbell

  12. edsales87 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I wonder what he’ll bench press.

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    More than you

  13. edsales87 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    I wonder what he’ll bench press.
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    I wonder if puppies like you.

  14. Dude is a hard worker and goes that extra step to prove people wrong.
    Slept in the film room getting ready for the Peach Bowl – result: 10 tackles, (3.5 TFL,1.5 sacks)

    Thru both genetics and determination – he has built himself into a great safety/OLB prospect.
    A true fighter, whose determination is only overshadowed by his heart.
    Met up with a boy with a similar condition before the Peach Bowl – the family, who are Auburn fans –
    built such a strong connection with him, that they created a t-shirt with Auburn colors, yet, had Shaquem’s name on it.

    When you can win over the hearts of opposing fans – that saying something.

    The NFL was wrong not to invite him, glad they changed their decision.
    He will not disappoint.

  15. Save you guys time with your jokes. So yes, we will give the man a hand. Haha. No, he doesn’t have a leg up on the competition. No he will not play hands on special teams.yes, good dell had a hand in the decision.

  16. griffin himself cracked me up when asked why he hadn’t been invited yet during a senioir bowl interview … said ” I don’t want to point any fingers ”
    I thought if he did that on purpose I want a kid with that attitude on my team !

  17. tollisonsmith says:
    January 30, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Save you guys time with your jokes. So yes, we will give the man a hand. Haha. No, he doesn’t have a leg up on the competition. No he will not play hands on special teams.yes, good dell had a hand in the decision.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    I give him two thumbs up for effort. But really it’s a great story and I hope the guy has a long and successful career. Guy can still probably handle a hand off better than Joe Pisarcik

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