After four seasons in the NFL, Shaquem Griffin announced Wednesday in a post on The Players’ Tribune let him hang his crampons.
The former Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins linebacker has made waves both in college and professionally, due to his ability to play despite an amputated left hand.
In his goodbye text, Griffin confesses that a professional football career with his twin brother Shaquill was always just a plan B.
“The time has come for me to retire. It is for me to carry out my plan A.”
« I realize the positive effect I have on others, » Griffin continued. I speak out at colleges and universities, to persuade them of the importance of never doubting yourself, and always putting tireless effort into pursuing your dreams. »
Griffin was a star player in the NCAA, with the University of Central Florida, before being selected in the 5th round of the 2018 draft by Seattle.
The previous year, the Seahawks drafted his brother, so the brothers wore the same colors until 2020.
Shaquem Griffin appeared in 48 games, and started one of them when KJ Wright suffered an injury.
After his release by Seattle in 2020, he eventually came through the Dolphins organization but was unable to add another NFL game to his roster.
“I’m going to go build something new, to do what our father always told us: leave the world better than you found it,” he concluded.