Seahawks Shaquem Griffin, Who Proved Everyone Wrong, Calls It A Strong 4-Year Career

August 25, 2022

Shaquem Griffin, who played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2018 to 2020, has announced his retirement from football.

Everyone knows linebacker Shaquem Griffin, the only one-handed player drafted into the NFL. He had an amazing story, from the beginning of his life when he lost his left hand at four years old after he was born with amniotic band syndrome. His condition didn’t stop him from chasing his dreams.

On Wednesday, he announced his retirement from professional football.

Seahawks Shaquem Griffin Retiring From NFL

We, as Seahawks fans, were delighted when Seattle selected Griffing in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to pair him with his brother, cornerback Shaquill Griffin. During his time with the team, Shaquem recorded 46 games played, one PBU, 25 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, and six QB hits – along with a brutal sack in the 2019 Divisional Round in Green Bay.

He was doubted by others many times but proved that he was a capable player and able to be on an NFL roster. Fast, passionate, good tackling, awareness, and a unique acceleration as a linebacker made Griffin a well-rounded NFL player. He even ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 Scouting Combine.

Griffin also showed throughout his career that he wants to go the extra mile every time. In a post written by himself for The Players’ Tribune, Griffin said that he’s stepping away from the game as a player – but not leaving the league.

He accepted a position to be part of the NFL Legends Community, in which he’ll be assisting retired players and helping mentor current and former players.

“Everything from the transition into and out of the game to how to navigate mental health issues. It’s a resource to provide guidance and support to players in whatever they might be going through or trying to achieve, including assisting with community service initiatives,” he wrote explaining his new role within the NFL.

I want to especially thank him for proving everyone wrong, for inspiring fans and other players, for being in the NFL when nobody thought he would make it – and for being a man like he is today after retirement. Great player, and better person. I loved his time with the Seahawks, and I’ll always support him.

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