“Not with out my brother” might be the motto of Seattle Seahawks defensive standouts Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. The dual brothers made a pact on the age of eight to stay collectively it doesn’t matter what. Their loyalty resulted within the rarity of dual gamers on the identical NFL crew and the primary one-handed NFL participant ever. Sharyn Alfonsi profiles the exceptional siblings for the subsequent version of 60 Minutes Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET and seven:00 p.m., PT on CBS.
Rising up, the twins had been athletic, aggressive and equivalent, apart from one distinction: Shaquem was born with a deformed left hand that needed to be amputated on the age of 4. The twins’ father, Terry, helped practice his sons with depth and a few robust love. Requested how his younger son might catch a soccer, Terry replies, “Whenever you get hit within the face, 5, six, seven instances…You begin catching…He needed it. You bought to need it.”
His sons grew into top-notch school prospects, however solely Shaquill was provided scholarships to elite packages. Regardless that Shaquem instructed him to go, Shaquill wouldn’t break the pact. When the College of Miami, Shaquill’s dream crew, got here calling, he laid down the legislation in his interview. “‘Should you do not supply my brother, do not supply me, Trigger I am not leaving him.,” he recollects telling the varsity official. Miami mentioned no.
The College of Central Florida mentioned sure to the dual scholarships, however whereas Shaquille starred on the sector, Shaquem festered on the bench. Shaquill says Shaquem nearly give up. “You get to some extent the place he mentioned, ‘I used to be leaving,’ and I used to be going to go away too. After which I believe he ended up staying as a result of he knew how a lot it could have an effect on me. I mentioned, ‘Should you depart you then’re simply breaking the whole lot we promised to one another,'” Shaquill says he instructed his brother.
After school, Shaquill started taking part in for the Seattle Seahawks. Shaquem saved working onerous. Not being chosen within the early rounds of the NFL draft was a part of a sample he skilled all his life. “Individuals do not wish to take an opportunity. And I simply really feel like that is what it was,” says Shaquem. “It is like that in each single degree I have been in, from little league to highschool and school,” he tells Alfonsi.
Shaquill lobbied his crew to contemplate his brother. In the long run, it wasn’t a tough resolution for the Seahawks. Shaquille attended the showcase for NFL prospects and was a star performer in all the abilities the occasion checks for, particularly velocity. He ran the 40-yard sprint within the quickest time a linebacker had ever clocked within the mix, the identical time his cornerback brother had run the 12 months earlier than. Seattle drafted him and he now performs linebacker and on particular groups – as all the time, with brother Shaquill not far-off.
Shaquem considers the absence of a left hand as a bonus. “I thought of it. I used to be like, ‘If I had two palms I do not suppose I might be good as I’m now.’ I believe me having one handcrafted me work even tougher than many different individuals.”
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