Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin joined the latest podcast to talk about his work in partnership with The Hartford as part of its Ability Equipped program. Earlier this week, Shaquem helped to award an 11-year-old boy and 33-year-old woman, both with cerebral palsy, with equipment to assist with their training efforts and he reflected on that experience.
Shaquem talked about why he prefers not to use the term ‘disabled’ as well as how much of a role his brother Shaquill played in finding ways to compete against each other as kids. From competing as kids to competing for and winning an NFC West title for the first time with the Seahawks, we discussed the feeling in the locker room about winning the division this season.
It may come as a surprise to know that there were only six players on the 2020 roster who were here only four years ago in 2016—the last time the Seahawks won the NFC West. On the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and Luke Willson were the only three. Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Jarran Reed were the only three on defense. That’s just not from the starting lineups. Those are the only six from the full 53-man roster.
The Seahawks special teams unit was the most consistent group on the team throughout the season. Shaquem closes out the show talking about the type of swagger special teams carried into the season, the importance of helping to pump up the rest of the team from the sidelines without fans in the stadium, and what his thoughts are on the future looking ahead as a restricted free agent this offseason.
More information on The Hartford’s Ability Equipped Program can be found at: thehartford.com/about-us/ability-equipped
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