loading Loading... Please wait...

Beating The Odds

Posted by

Once in a while, a story happens and it restores your faith in humanity. Just like the story of identical twin brothers named Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin who are both from Florida. Both boys are players for their Florida high school. They proudly wear their football jerseys as they play safety and corner for the team. Both are very strong and toned successful athletes who can run very fast like lightning and both compete successfully on the football tract. The boys are 6’1” in height and weigh 195 kilos.

At first glance, it is hard to tell them apart except for one thing. One of the boys is missing one hand. While their mom was pregnant with them, she had a serious blood flow complication. When she gave birth, one of the twins was born with one of his hands withered and useless. Shaquem was four years old when he underwent surgery to have that hand had to be surgically removed due to unbearable pain.

What happened after that was truly amazing. Instead of accepting the diagnosis that he will have limited physical activity, this young man went right ahead into training together with his twin brother. The result was during his senior year, Shaquem accomplished 67 tackles and 2 interceptions. This a tremendous achievement for someone who only has 1 hand.

His brother Shaquill is equally skilled in his athletic performance in the field. They both earned the recognition as Tampa Bay’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year. They both share this honor just like everything else they share in life.

Now that they have graduated from high school and colleges are scouting for new players, they decided to stay together. Many of the big shools are interested only in Shaquill. But he rejected the offers and expressed his desire to only consider the school that will get him and his brother together as a whole package. It is as if they are conjoined together at birth not just by mentally and emotionally.

They chose to play for Central Florida because it is closer to their hometown and the coach expressed his interest and faith in their skills. It’s going to be an exciting game to watch with these two talented athletes playing together in the future games just as they have been playing in the past.