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One-Handed Linebacker Shaquem Griffin Shatters Record at NFL Combine

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Shaquem Griffin runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. (March 4, 2018, Indianapolis)
Shaquem Griffin runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. (March 4, 2018, Indianapolis)

*Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin ran right into the history books at the NFL scouting combine Sunday with a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time for a linebacker in more than a decade.

Stanford’s Jon Alston had the previous best time for a linebacker in the 40, at 4.40 in 2006, the first year ESPN Stats & Information began documenting 40 times at the combine.

Griffin, who would be the first player with one hand drafted in the modern era if selected in April, also made headlines for bench pressing 20 repetitions of 225 pounds, using a prosthetic on his left arm to attach to the bar.

Watch Shaquem’s historic run above and bench press below:

Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition.

The two-year starter at Central Florida and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection in each of those seasons was a late addition to the list of combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30.

In 2016 he was the league’s defensive player of the year with 92 tackles, 11.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

This past season he closed out his career as the MVP of the Peach Bowl, helping Central Florida defeat Auburn 34-27 and finish with a 13-0 record.

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