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NFL world reacts to Seahawks drafting Shaquem Griffin

Former UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin’s left hand was amputated when he was 4 years old because of a rare condition called amniotic band syndrome, and he has dealt with so many doubters throughout his life.

“I feel like all the boys and girls out there with birth defects … we have our own little nation, and we’ve got to support each other, because everybody in this world deserves to show what they can do without anybody telling them they can’t,” Griffin said in his letter to GMs last month via The Players’ Tribune.

In the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks selected him. He’ll now join his twin brother, a cornerback the Seahawks picked in the third round last year, in Seattle.

#AgainstAllOdds, @ShaquemGriffin is headed to the @Seahawks to be reunited with @ShaquillG!! 😁#ShaquemGriffin#BuiltByUCFpic.twitter.com/mpaoYby3fq

— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) April 28, 2018

The NFL world was inspired. Griffin’s new teammate QB Russell Wilson tweeted that he has “chills.”

Wow. Chills. God is so good! Great job @Seahawks

Congrats @ShaquemGriffin & @ShaquillG

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 28, 2018

That’s so lit!!! @Shaquemgriffin & @ShaquillG on the same team again 🤘🏾 https://t.co/lSNO3MMeHF

— Sidney Jones IV (@SidneyJonesIV) April 28, 2018

Congrats @Shaquemgriffin !! Like I told you this morning, it’s time to keep proving the critics that don’t know anything about heart or why the beacon of light always shines. #NFLDrafthttps://t.co/zUXiW18DeW

— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) April 28, 2018

Congrats to the @Shaquemgriffin You deserves to go higher, but definitely worth the wait, now go put that work in for the @Seahawks 🏈💪🏾

— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) April 28, 2018

Year of the twins ✊🏿✊🏿 https://t.co/JpuuHYmAon

— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) April 28, 2018

🔥🔥🙏🏿 https://t.co/7eNPkeqT1z

— Breshad Perriman (@B_Perriman11) April 28, 2018

💯💯💯 https://t.co/46zl2I3TJR

— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) April 28, 2018

The Griffin brothers refused to separate themselves with all they’ve done in life & the Seahawks kept that tradition alive, that’s one amazing story that’s just beginning 💯

— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 28, 2018

Congratulations @Shaquemgriffin! You’re not only an incredible football player you’re an incredible inspiration to everyone that has ever been told they CAN’T accomplish their dreams. This is one of the best moments in sports history & I wish you much success in your NFL career!!

— Thomas Q. Jones (@ThomasJonesRB) April 28, 2018

Shaquem Griffin is a great story. Special guy. But I love this pick because…dude can BALL.

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) April 28, 2018

Shaquem Griffin tells ESPN after he got drafted by Seattle. “I can’t breathe.” That’s the only time you’ll hear him say he can’t do something.

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 28, 2018

Shaquem Griffin’s going to be one of those dudes where three years from now, every anonymous GM is going to be saying how they were sure he was going to be a star and had a first-round grade on him

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 28, 2018

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