RENTON, Wash. – Prepare to get goosebumps.
With their fourth pick of the NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks made the most interesting pick they possibly could’ve made.
The Seahawks picked Shaquem Griffin in the fifth round Saturday at No. 141, the twin brother of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin. Shaquem Griffin had his left hand amputated as a child.
Shaquem Griffin said he was using the bathroom when the Seahawks called to say they were drafting him. Shaquill recognzied the 425 area code on the caller ID, ran in, tackled Shaquem at the toilet, and said "you HAVE to get this."
"It was like a dream," Griffin told the media Saturday morning after he was picked. "Like literally dreaming, and magical stuff just started happening."
Griffin played lienbacker the past two years at Central Florida, moving over after playing his first two seasons at cornerback.
Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition so painful that his parents found him planning to amputate his own hand when he was just 4 years old.
Griffin finished his career with 195 tackles, 18.5 sacks and three interceptions.
There had been rumblings the Seahawks were interested in bringing in another Griffin, particularly after a dazzling NFL Combine where the 40 in 4.38 seconds - the fastest time for a linebacker in more than 10 years.
"I am a football player, at the end of the day," Griffin said. "If people want to feel sorry, or have any pity on me ... they are going to be the ones I am getting up off their back."