Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was born with a rare genetic condition that prevented the fingers on his left hand from developing. He underwent surgery to amputate his fingers at age 4.
It has never stopped him and it does not appear to be limiting him as he undergoes the audition process with NFL teams at the Senior Bowl and this week's Scouting Combine.
The only time he uses a prosthesis is when he is lifting weights so Griffin put on the prosthesis and settled under the bar Saturday in Indianapolis for the bench press. Players are measured by how many times they can lift 225 pounds.
Griffin's performance: 20.
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Griffin and his father built all sorts of devices to help him lift weights and get stronger when he was younger.
These days, other than using the prosthesis for weight training, Griffin relies on the many other physical and mental gifts he has.
"I'm able to grasp things really fast when it comes to coverage," he said at the Senior Bowl. "Throughout in my years in college, I've been able to move back to safety and be in hot man coverage where I'm covering man-on-man on slot receivers. Speed was never a thing that I lacked. I'm very good with running with different receivers, running with running backs and feeling comfortable in what I'm doing and no matter what level I'm on."