In March, the National Football League (NFL) draft pick-up is held in the United States – an annual review of newcomers wishing to become professional players in American football. Teams are looking for potential stars, and young athletes are trying to stand out from the competition.
The main hero of this event in 2018 was Shakem Griffin (Shaquem Griffin) – a 22-year-old defender, who showed impressive results in all tests. Representatives of the NFL are not in a hurry to call him to their club for one reason: he does not have one brush. But Griffin is trying his best to break into professional sports and become an example for thousands of children.
— NFL (@NFL) March 3, 2018
Griffin lost his hand in four years
Shackem Griffin was born in 1995 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Unlike twin brother Shakil, at birth doctors found him a rare defect – a syndrome of amniotic constrictions of the left hand, because of which any touch caused him unbearable pain.
“Mom, I can not do this anymore, it hurts me,” he shouted. Tenji put him to sleep, and the next morning the surgeons amputated the boy to the left hand. After the operation, the mother forbade him and think about football. But, after returning from work, she found bandages in her blood. And smiling Shakem with a ball for American football.
The athlete recalled that his father Terry himself made several adjustments for his son to raise the bar, push-ups and other strength training. Also, Terry Griffin deliberately threw Shakemu “difficult” passes so that he did not feel any indulgence. “I caught the ball a couple of times before I learned how to use one hand,” he said.