The Unstoppable Shaquem Griffin, UCF’s One-Handed Star Linebacker

“I’ve played football one-handed,” he says. “I’ve played football with no hands.”

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Shaquem already hated hearing excuses. After his no-hands game, he stopped accepting them. “A lot of people in our generation like to make excuses about little things that really don’t hinder them from doing what they want to,” he says. “It always comes down to the work ethic. God put you on the Earth for a purpose. I feel like my purpose is to get away from people making excuses.” That’s why Shaquem declined a disabled parking permit even though he’s eligible for one. “It’s not a deformity unless you make it one,” he says. “You’re not disabled unless you say ‘I’m disabled.'”

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