Congratulations are in order for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who won Gillette’s NFL Game Changer Award at Saturday’s NFL Honors 2019 festivities.
.@seahawks LB @Shaquemgriffin is the recipient of the 2018 GameChanger award! (by @Gillette) pic.twitter.com/60fJ6F3K43— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2019
The official description of the award is:
The Game Changer presented by Gillette was created to celebrate those who are committed to moving the game forward. This award recognizes a member of the football family who has positively contributed to the sport and his or her community.
Shaquem’s story is well known at this point. He suffered from amniotic band syndrome, which led to his left hand being amputated at just four years old. Despite the physical handicap, he became a star at the University of Central Florida and was recognized as one of the best defensive players in the country.
The Seahawks already selected CB Shaquill Griffin in the 2017 NFL Draft, and in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, they selected his twin brother in an unforgettable and emotional moment. Shaquem has become a national inspiration as the first one-handed player ever drafted into the NFL. He spent most of 2018 as a special teams contributor, getting in one start at linebacker, along with some rotational snaps on defense over the course of the season. Here’s to him having a bigger on-field impact in 2019, as he’s already shown what a tremendous impact he’s had off the field.