The Unremarkable Story Of Shaquem Griffin

The Unremarkable Story Of Shaquem Griffin

Now that Shaquem is reuniting with his best friend and brother in Seattle, there is no telling what he has in store for the NFL.

Shaquem Griffin was born in 1995 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was born less than two minutes after his brother Shaquill. The brothers grew up to be very close, but there was one major difference. Shaquem had to get his hand amputated at the age of four because he was born with amniotic band syndrome, which is a congenital disorder caused by strands of the amniotic sac that separate and entangle digits, limbs, or other parts of the fetus.Ever since then Shaquem Griffin has been seen as different, but it is his difference that makes him extraordinary. It is his unique difference that motivated him to work harder, to be faster, and to be stronger.

When Shaquem and Shaquill were old enough, they both received scholarships from the University of Central Florida to play football; they both accepted. Together, they would go on to play together. What they didn't know at the time was that this would not be the last time they would play together.

After not having much luck at the safety position in 2015, Shaquem changed position to outside linebacker for the 2016 season. He found where he belonged. In 2016, Shaquem recorded the most sacks in the American Athletic Conference(11.0), and he finished the season ranked 10th in all of the NCAA for sacks. Also in 2016, he averaged 7 tackles a game. He went on to receive the AAC Defensive Player of the Year Award, and his brother was named to the All-AAC second team. After the 2016 season, Shaquill decided to enter the draft where he was picked at in the third round(90th) by the Seattle Sehawks.

Shaquem decided to stay another year at UCF since his first year there he was a redshirt freshman. By staying another year, he would prove himself in the college football community. His performance in the Peach Bowl against Auburn solidified his ability. In this particular game, against a team many thought would beat the undefeated Knights, Shaquem Griffin has 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Shaquem Griffin future plans did not stop at the Peach Bowl, he continued to work, and he was eventually invited to the NFL combine. Here, he showed what he was capable of. Flash forward to April 28th, Day 3 of the NFL Draft, and all that hard work would pay off. Shaquem Griffin wanted a call that day, but he did not expect to be drafted by the same team that his best friend, and brother, played for. With the 141st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Shaquem Griffin. Shaquem Griffin does not want to for overcoming his disability though, he wants people to see that everything he ever got in life, he received through hard work and dedication. In an interview with ESPN, Shaquem states "I can make a change in the world, but I am not just some feel-good story. I work my butt off for everything I want in life, and it's not going to stop here."

Now that Shaquem is reuniting with his best friend and brother in Seattle, there is no telling what he has in store for the NFL.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Adesanya Gets Whittaker To Unify The Championship

It Has Been Announced That The UFC Middleweight Championship


After a fight that could be easily considered as the fight of the year at UFC 236 as "The Stylebender" Israel Adesanya has his eyes set on recovering and then facing the UFC Middleweight Champion Robert "The Reaper" Whittaker to unify the interim title with the one "The Reaper" holds. The Stylebender has plenty to look forward too as his championship career in the UFC with a stacked division that has all eyes on him if he gets past the undisputed champion.

Dana White confirmed that Israel Adesanya will indeed face Robert as it is the next fight to make. It is just a matter of where this fight as it will more than likely happen in Australia. Israel has expressed his interest in bringing the UFC into a stadium for this fight as it would be huge and guaranteed to sell out. It will be interesting to see how the champ Robert Whittaker approaches this bout as Israel has shown he only continues to improve.

With the 5 round war that took place at UFC 236, it was a bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya that really could of went either way if Adesanya did not continue to rock and put a brutal beating on Gastelum in the 5th round. Israel displayed everything in that fight as he faced adversity when he was rocked in the fight as he was met with a nasty head kick from Gastelum that could have ended the fight if Kelvin did not attempt a takedown. Israel Adesanya showed off a fantastic submission game too as he locked Gastelum into a Triangle Choke but he survived and broke out.

He would then put a beating on Kelvin Gastelum in the 5th and final round that ultimately won the decision of the judges as Kelvin Gastelum was left bloodied by the end of the 5th. With this huge victory, Israel Adesanya has skyrocketed in the organization. He has already had a target on his back but if he is able to finish off Robert Whittaker which will more than likely be in the summertime if Israel does not take an extended vacation the target will be even bigger.

The new UFC Interim Middleweight champion Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya has already caught the attention of the numerous top contenders in the division as there are a few fighters we seem to not be impressed by Israel Adesanya's rise through the UFC. Names like #2 ranked UFC middleweight Yoel Romero and rising star top contender #7 ranked Paulo Costa. #4 ranked Jacore Souza could potentially earn himself a title shot in his upcoming fight at UFC On ESPN 3. He has also received criticism from someone who many people would consider to be the best fighter in UFC and mixed martial arts history the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

The Stylebender has received harsh criticism from some but received plenty of praise from his peers and along with the fans in the mix martial arts community. More importantly, he has a fight with Robert Whittaker the UFC Middleweight Champion in Australia in a Stadium in the future,

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