Nebraska coaches celebrate after UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin gets drafted

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The condition left him with an underdeveloped hand that caused him severe pain, and Griffin later had his entire left hand amputated.

Shaquem Griffin on the Red Carpet prior to the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.

Griffin, whose twin brother Shaquill was selected by the Seahawks in the third round previous year, was in attendance at Dallas' AT&T Stadium to hear his name called at the 2018 NFL Draft.

Griffin was in attendance for the first day of the draft on Thursday, but he was watching the draft with his family when he received the call.

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Shaquem told ESPN on Friday he'd love to join his brother in Seattle, joking that the "Legion of Griffins" might replace the infamous Legion of Boom. "I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk", Shaqueem said on ESPN minutes after he was drafted. To see your dream come true and come true the way it did today, to get a chance to play with each other today, it means the world to me.

"I'm glad they made this happen", the elder of the twins continued.

Griffin's motto "Against All Odds" continues to inspire people, including two Floridians who recently met their role model. Griffin has overcome and become all of that and is one of the top linebackers in the country, earning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The moment the brothers took to the stage together was special, and the entire National Football League community will be pulling for Shaquem to have a long, successful career.

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Shaquem ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine, the fastest time for a linebacker in more than a decade.

Griffin notched 18.5 sacks in his final two seasons at Central Florida. Needless to say, he has the tools to play at the pro level, he just needs to sharpen some of the tools.

Shaquill said he lobbied for the Seattle coaching staff to pick his twin in this year's draft, saying he "kept his name fresh in that building". He went on to garner many accolades during his college years at the University of Central Florida, including the All-American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016, and the Peach Bowl's defensive MVP award.

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