Central Florida Golden Knights linebacker Shaq Griffin

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This 5th Round Pick From The NFL Draft Is Already Signing Major Endorsements Deals

Companies like Nike and Bose usually makes deals with the first-round picks, but Shaquem Griffin is becoming the best story of the offseason.

April 30, 2018 - 4:59 pm

RENTON, Wash. (KMOX/AP) - What already was the feel-good story of the NFL draft got an even better storybook ending on Saturday when the Central Florida star linebacker Shaquem "Shaq" Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was child, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round.

Griffin was the player everyone was hoping would get a shot in the NFL after being a star at UCF despite playing with just one hand. He was the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 2016 and the MVP of UCF's Peach Bowl victory against Auburn last season when the Knights went 13-0.

A groundswell of support got him an invitation to the scouting combine in Indianapolis, where he stunned onlookers by bench-pressing 225 pounds a staggering 20 times with a prosthetic left hand and then covered the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. The performance at the combine turned Shaquem into a star, but it didn't guarantee a team would give him a shot.

"It's just so much. I'm extremely blessed," Shaquem said. "It definitely was a tough three days. A lot of anxiety these few days, but I am ready to get up there and go to work and start something great."

Now that's his dream has come true, he's cashing in big time. 

Griffin has landed endorsements with the likes of Nike, Bose, JC Penny, Eleven James and other major brands, reports Yahoo Sports and ESPN.

To make the story even better, Griffin will have the chance to play on the same team as his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, with the Seahawks.