Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin is back in the NFL, and Pete Carroll is a happy man.
Griffin, the one-handed linebacker and younger brother of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, made his season debut in a Week 3 victory over the Cowboys. Seattle strongly benefited from having the younger Griffin in the defensive rotation, even in limited snaps.
Griffin’s return left a strong impression on Carroll, who hinted the young linebacker is about to take a bigger role for the Seattle Seahawks.
Shaquem Griffin has an incredible story
Football fans will immediately notice something unique about Shaquem Griffin, at least when it applies to football players.
Griffin, 25, was born with amniotic band syndrome, which prevented the fingers on his left hand from fully developing. Griffin had the hand amputated when he was 4 years old, though that didn’t stop him from pursuing a football career.
Playing alongside his older brother, Shaquill, Shaquem went from Lakewood High School (Fla.) to the University of Central Florida.
Griffin stuffed the stat sheet with 33.5 tackles for a loss, 18.5 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five recovered fumbles in four seasons at UCF.
Seattle used a fifth-round pick on Griffin in 2018. Griffin had 16 tackles and three quarterback hits in two seasons. Griffin also added a tackle for loss in the playoffs last year.
The young linebacker played nearly half of Seattle’s special-teams snaps in 2018 and 2019.
Griffin had a strong Week 3 performance
Originally on Seattle’s practice squad, Griffin received a promotion to the 53-man roster before the Seahawks’ Week 3 win over Seattle.
Although Griffin only played 17 snaps, he made the most of his opportunities. Griffin had a critical pass-breakup and showcased his speed on numerous occasions.
Shaquem wasn’t the only Griffin who had a big game against Dallas. Shaquill Griffin had a career-high 11 tackles and a 4-yard interception in the comeback victory.
Seattle moved to 3-0 with the victory and plays at Miami (1-2) in Week 4.
Shaquem Griffin is making Pete Carroll a happy man
Possibly the only person happier about Shaquem Griffin’s season debut — outside of Griffin’s family — was Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
In a recent press conference, Carroll said he felt “fired up” watching Griffin play in Week 3.
“He was hauling butt all over the field. We played him in a unique situation that he really handled well. He did a nice job rushing the passer and his other (opportunities) that he had, so I’m looking forward to him to continue to contribute.”
Seattle needs the Griffin brothers — Shaquill and Shaquem both — to make a sizable difference against the Miami Dolphins. Miami’s offense has looked better each week and veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had an excellent Week 3 outing against Jacksonville.
Carroll didn’t hide the fact that Seattle will play Griffin in Week 4.
“He earned it,” Caroll said.