Shaquem Griffin

University Central Florida (UCF)

Vitals: 6-2, 230-pound senior linebacker

Rare Disease Connection: Shaquem was born with rare disease amniotic band syndrome. The pain was great when he was young and trying to manage the disease, the decision was made to remove his left hand when he was four years old. In every phase of life, Shaqeum has not allowed his rare disease to slow him down or hold him back — especially on the football field for the Knights. The star linebacker was named the 2016 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and is arguably UCF’s best player. This year he was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team that honors football student-athletes for their community service as well as the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards for his play on the field. Shaqeum works with Limbitless Solutions at UCF to help children who have a need for prosthetic limbs. He speaks to children with disabilities of all types as often as possible, and he also does a great deal of community service work not tied to his particular rare disease.

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