Jeff Zito

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One of the most inspirational NFL players in recent memory is calling it a career.

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin announced Wednesday that he was retiring after four NFL seasons.

Griffin lost his left hand at the age of 4 due to a rare birth defect.  But despite his disability, Griffin became a star player at UCF and was drafted in 2018 by the Seahawks, who also drafted his twin brother Shaquill Griffin.  The brothers also played at Lakewood High School in St Petersburg.

He appeared in 46 games for Seattle but struggled to catch on with another team after he was cut in 2021.

In an essay for The Players Tribune, Griffin wrote: “Football was always Plan B… Plan A was to go to college, get an education and do something that would make a positive impact in the world.

 

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