Watch UCF's Shaquem Griffin Bench 225 Pounds for 20 Reps With One Hand

The amputee linebacker impressed at the 2018 NFL Draft Combine.

Shaquem Griffin

UCF Knights linebacker Shaquem Griffin (18) leaves the field for halftime of the Peach Bowl between the UCF Knights and the Auburn Tigers. UCF defeated Auburn by the score off 34-27 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shaquem Griffin

UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin proved his doubters wrong.

During the 2018 NFL Draft Combine on Saturday, the 22-year-old amputee completed 20 reps in the 225-pound bench press with one hand.

“Just starting that off, I just felt the energy from everybody,” Griffin told the NFL Network. “I mean, my adrenaline was going through the roof and I didn't feel like I needed to stop. So as soon as I heard I was at 16, I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I'm going for 20.’ I was like, 'I'm going to change my fitness regimen, I've got to grind this out right here.’ It felt amazing to reach that goal.”

Griffin said that prior to Saturday’s Combine, he heard about a general manager who expected him to put down no more than five reps. The linebacker used that as motivation:

A GM said he'd be impressed if @Shaquemgriffin could do five bench reps with his prosthetic hand.

He did 20.

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) March 3, 2018

Griffin’s reps tied for 16th among participating linebackers. It was also the same number his twin brother, Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, had completed in 2017.

The athlete was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which prevented his left fingers from fully developing. At the age of 4, Griffin had his left hand amputated.

You can check out the impressive feat above, as well as Twitter reactions below.

Shaquem Griffin, who has only one hand, just posted 20 reps on the bench press.

What an absolute inspiration.

— Ricky Henne (@RickyHenne) March 3, 2018

Shaquem Griffin is special. He brings so much energy and he’s a great player.

— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 3, 2018

Notable players who did not reach 20 bench press reps (Shaquem Griffin's total) at the Combine:

- Calais Campbell
- Jared Allen
- Jamie Collins
- Harrison Smith
- Jason Pierre-Paul

— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 3, 2018

Can not wait to cheer for him in the NFL. How could you not want Shaquem Griffin on your team?

— Judy Battista (@judybattista) March 3, 2018

@Shaquemgriffin will not be denied!!!! #inspiration

— Terrance Knighton (@Coach_Knighton) March 3, 2018

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