UCF's Shaquem Griffin invited to NFL Scouting Combine


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Orlando's favorite son is getting an invitation to the NFL combine after all.

University of Central Florida's star linebacker Shaquem Griffin was able to impress NFL scouts at the Reese's Senior Bowl last weekend and has now parlayed that showing into a invitation to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Griffin, who only has one hand, broke the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

Griffin would become the first player with one hand to be drafted during the league's modern era, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.

Griffin's left hand was amputated at the age of four because he suffered from amniotic band syndrome, but this didn't stop him from becoming a two-time first-team All-America Athletic Conference linebacker. Griffin also was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, after registering 92 total tackles.

Griffin was originally left off the original combine list, which is not that unusual. In fact, it happened last year to Shaquill Griffin, Shaquem's twin brother. Shaquill was subsequently drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks.

Against all odds, Griffin and UCF storybook season continues.