In Picking Off A Russell Wilson Laser, Shaquem Griffin Once Again Proved That He's A Damn Good Football Player Above All Else
So, I guess now would be as good of a time as any to stop speaking of the pride of Central Florida as some sort of anatomically anomalous underdog whose feel good story objectively lends itself to being of the short variety? Considering his unimpeded accomplishments in college and at the combine, we're probably already pretty late on withholding special treatment from Shaquem Griffin, but if casually corralling an absolute bullet from a gunslinger like Russell Wilson is any indication then he most definitely doesn't need it to be recognized for his efforts in the NFL.
Don't get me wrong, undercutting a throw and coming down with what would be an impressive interception regardless of circumstance is obviously made all the more incredible by the defensive player having no more than five fingers at his disposal. After all, most of us could have four hands and we'd still barely catch a glimpse of a projectile with that type of velocity behind it. That said, by one-handing that sucker as smoothly as he did, Shaquem Griffin made his handicap as noteworthy as what he had for breakfast. Since we'd never ask how he likes his eggs unless he regurgitated them up all over the field, it probably makes the most sense to stop highlighting a hindrance that's only as inherent by look as it is undetectable by play.
From here on out, Shaquem Griffin is solely a professional football player with what appears to be the speed, instincts, and - yes - hand-eye to be a damn good one at that. I plan on acknowledging him as such, and only as such, until he gives me literally any reason not to.