— The Sports Xchange —
Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin is headed to the NFL Scouting Combine after all.
Griffin, one of the best feel-good stories in college football in years, announced via social media on Tuesday that he was invited to the Combine.
Despite playing with one hand, the result of a birth defect, Griffin was named the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and led UCF to an undefeated season.
Griffin captioned a video on Twitter with the hashtags “NFLcombine bound!!” and “AgainstAllOdds.”
“I want to let you all know I got invited to the NFL Combine,” said Griffin in the video. “Thank you for all your support. The entire nation was behind me and I couldn’t do it without you. Something special is coming soon and you’re going to see it. They invited the right one to the NFL Combine and I’m going to show you. I’ve got a lot to prove. Against all odds.”
The 6-foot, 222-pound Griffin had not been invited to the Combine until after he showed he was a legitimate NFL prospect during practice sessions last week for the Senior Bowl.
Not only was he asked to drop into coverage against running backs, but he was effective as an edge pass rusher despite giving up several inches and pounds.
NFLDraftScout.com rates Griffin, the twin brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, as one of the more technically sound open-field tacklers in the draft.