SHAQUEM Griffin has become the first single-handed player to be prepared by an NFL team in the modern era after being selected by Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round.
The linebacker had his left hand amputated when he was four, born with a condition that prevented his fingers from developing fully.
Griffin whose twin brother Shaquill was selected by Seahawks in the third round last year participated in Dallas's AT & T Stadium to hear his name called NFL Draft 2018.
Speaking to Press Association Sport before the draft had The 22-year-old from the University of Central Florida said: "Many people ask," Are you worried about where to go in the draft? Are you worried about which team to be in? "" If I can come to an exercise, everyone will see who I really are. I'm not worried about where I go, what time I get picked or which team chooses me as long as I get a chance to get an exercise, I want to show everyone what I really can do.
"I want to show the whole world, whether you have) one hand, two hands, if you are a ball player, you just play ball." Despite his birth defect, Griffin was at college level and won his conference's defensive player of the year's prize in 2016 and then the lead role of an unbeaten team last season.
He gained worldwide attention to NFL Combine in March when he ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a linebacker since 2003.  Griffin also bowed 225 pounds (102kg) 20 times, three more than his twin had managed to attach a prosthetic hand to the bar.
And social media loved it.