Shaquem Griffin still hoping for a Combine invitation

AP

Former Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin hasn’t been invited to the Scouting Combine, but he still has high hopes that he’ll be in Indianapolis next month.

Griffin had a good week at the Senior Bowl and said on NFL Network that he’s been told there’s still a chance he’ll get a spot among the 300 or so players who work out for NFL teams at the Combine.

“I plan on making a phone call to the Combine and finding out if I’m invited. The first time I made a phone call, it wasn’t a yes but it wasn’t a no. I was considered under suggestion. So hopefully I did enough this week to solidify my spot,” Griffin said. “It’s going to be a nerve-wracking phone call but hopefully it works out for the best.”

Griffin, who was born with a condition that resulted in his left hand being amputated when he was 4 years old, is an inspiring story. He deserves a Combine invitation, however, not because he is an inspiring story but because he is a good football player. He is likely to receive that invitation next week.

39 responses to “Shaquem Griffin still hoping for a Combine invitation

  1. “Griffin, who was born with a condition that resulted in his right hand being amputated ”
    Am I mistaken or does the picture show him with his left hand amputated?

    In any case, if he is a good football player, invite him. There are examples of other players with disabilities that have excelled in the NFL.
    For e.g., Pierce Holt of the 49ers was legally blind in one eye and was Pro Bowler.
    C’mon NFL look past reasons to not let him in and base him solely as a football player.

  2. Uhhhh, it was his left hand, it’s even in the photo.

    I’m sure there’s a funny line about the story with it saying it was his right hand.

    Good luck to him, I hope he can go as far as possible.

  3. When I saw him play during the bowl game, I didn’t even notice he only had one hand (I usually watch games with the sound off, so I missed and reference by the announcers), I only noticed him making plays all over the field. He is definitely one of the top 300 players eligible for the draft.

  4. Great kid I’m sure, but the first time someone is to the left of him and he can’t pull him down he’ll hear the criticism. Good luck though

  5. walker1191 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    I believe he wasn’t invited because he’s a 185 pound linebacker.

    Guess You missed that part of His announced size at the Senior Bowl of Height 6-0 and WEIGHT 222 . Left it big so You can read that.

  6. So basically he’ll be able to tackle the same as other guys who play with club on their hands, like JPP after he blew his fingers off.

  7. I may be in the minority but with only one hand to work with and with some of the routine hand injuries nfl players endure and have to live with I’d be weary of risking the 5 fingers I had left.

    Good for him for chasing his dream though.

  8. I think a team will pick him in the very late round, he seem to been very good on special teams.Bill

  9. Good luck to this guy and if he’s not invited I hope he rips on NFL team someday!

    You must have very low self esteem to vote my comment down

  10. it’s become a shoulder tackling league anyway. We will hear a ton about this kid because of his missing hand but we will hear about it for a while because he will stick in the NFL. His play will force teams to keep him around.

  11. fbwangus8736 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Guess You missed that part of His announced size at the Senior Bowl of Height 6-0 and WEIGHT 222 . Left it big so You can read that.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-
    It was showing online as 185 earlier this evening – I first checked it when I was watching the bowl game practice this week.

    Thank you for providing that update.

  12. Just proves that trolls are annoying and sorry there, Dr Herbert Spencer, but when all else fails, check the obvious.

    Don’t have the time nor desire for a full, researched designed statistical analysis. Sorry if any of this is over your head but google is your friend…

  13. I watched him absolutely dominate in the bowl game, and never noticed his missing hand

  14. He may not have a hand, but he has shoulders, legs and tenacity to make tackles. This guy needs to be on a team.

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