The bond between Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin is undeniable.
The identical twin brothers went from standouts at UCF to teammates on the Seattle Seahawks, but that’s not even half of their story. The Griffins have been an inspiration to many, and now they are sharing their life experiences in their book, Inseparable: How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL.
“What motivated us was, first off, the way we were raised, in a household that was based off of family, faith, love, caring, and if you’ve got a story to tell, tell it," Shaquill told Craig Melvin of the TODAY show. "Just going off the situation that he went through [Shaquem] and that we’ve both been through and to overcome it, we always wanted to relate to everybody and get a chance to give back and kind of share and be able to relate to others.”
Shaquem Griffin became the first one-handed player drafted in the modern era of the NFL. The Seahawks fifth-round pick in 2018 lost his hand when he was just four years old due to amniotic band syndrome, a condition that caused amniotic bands to wrap around Griffin’s left wrist, preventing his hand from developing normally.
Despite growing up with one-hand, Griffin said his family never treated him any different.
“It created grit for me to know that I can do anything I put my mind to and having my parents and my brother's there pushing me along every step of the way and not allowing me to create an excuse for myself, allowing me to be that competitor that I am today,” Shaquem Griffin said. “They taught me so much. My brother was right beside me every step of the way. Me and him going back and forth competing and everything we doing. And without my parents being there to say there’s no excuse, no limits for me, I wouldn’t be here today.”
While the Griffin brothers’ book focuses on aspiring others, it also shares the stories of other limb-different individuals who have overcome adversity as well.
“Me growing up, I didn’t see it much," Shaquem said of his experience with limb-different youth. "Now that I have the opportunity, now that I have this platform, I’m able to use it and share it with my brother, be able to see so many different kids and so many different people come out that’s lived their lives, lived their best life and be able to accomplish their goals and their life dreams. When you’re able to see that and see more of it, that means you’re doing something right.”
“We want to be able to use our platform in the right way to motivate others to be the best you.”
The Griffins book releases tomorrow, July 9 and is currently available for preorder on Amazon.