AUSTIN, Texas — Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) junior Shaquem Griffin recorded the 20th best triple jump mark in the nation last season with a mark of 49 feet, 1¼ inch. Not bad considering he never had a coach for the highly technical event. ”I taught myself three years ago,” said Griffin, now a senior. “Watched it on YouTube.” If that sounds pretty resourceful, hold on to your hat — and heart.
Griffin is a 6-foot-1, 183-pound safety for the USA Under-19 National Football Team and Wednesday he’ll sign a letter of intent to play college football at the University of Central Florida. Shaquem Griffin has only one hand. His left hand was surgically removed at the age of 4 due to complications from a rare condition known as Amniotic Band Syndrome.
Real interesting article on Shaquem above if you want to read the whole thing. Continuing on with the theme of making you feel bad about yourself today. Male models deciding between making 6 figures posing or fucking every college smoke in Texas, 1 handed kids being 1000X better at sports than you. I’m trying to put up 200 pounds at the gym, Shaquem is repping it with one fucking hand. Getting 3.75 GPAs and scholarships to play football with half the hands anyone else has. Unreal. I mean when I first saw this story I thought it was just some handicapped bro with a nub that they let get in the game as a special treat for his last time ever playing. Nope just a D1 recruit making diving picks before heading to Central Florida to play ball and bang cheerleaders. Nbd.
Sidenote if you throw a pick to a guy with one hand you should have all your recruiting letters immediately rescinded and shredded.