Former Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin announces retirement

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at the age of 4, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at the age of 4, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

Griffin wrote for The Players Tribune that he intends to help others working with the NFL Legends community.

“Football was always plan B,” Griffin wrote. “My father always told me and my brother that. As kids, we’d dreamed of playing in the NFL together, but whenever we talked about it, our dad would remind us that if we could make it to the league — especially if we could play together — that would be an added blessing . A bonus. Plan A was to go to college, get an education, and do something that would have a positive impact on the world.”

Griffin, 27, was a Seahawks fifth-round pick in 2018, reuniting him with his twin brother Shaquill, who was Seattle’s starting cornerback. Shaquem Griffin played 46 regular season games for the Seahawks in three seasons.

He started the first game of his career in 2018 against Denver. His most famous individual moment was working with his brother on an Aaron Rodgers sack during a 2019 playoff game in Green Bay.

Shaquem Griffin was cut by the Seahawks before the start of the 2020 season but was signed to the practice squad and eventually appeared in 14 games.

Shaquem Griffin signed with Miami ahead of the 2021 season but was cut. His brother had signed with Jacksonville as a free agent.

“The Dolphins cut me ahead of the 2021 season,” he wrote. “I trained for the Cardinals, the Titans and the Jets and then got calls from Buffalo, Dallas and Atlanta. But after that Jets workout, I realized something. All that traveling around, training for teams, trying to assert yourself somewhere, trying to persevere – it wasn’t what I wanted, football had already given me so much and the only thing I really wanted was to be back with mine to play brother.

“So I said to my agent, Buddy Baker, thank you for grinding and bringing me these opportunities. But if it’s not Jacksonville, I’m fine.”

Griffin wrote that he spoke with Commissioner Roger Goodell at a brunch during Super Bowl week in Los Angeles last season and prompted the decision to join the NFL Legends Community, the league’s official program that connects former players with their teams and the league connects.

“That experience and that invitation from the Commissioner captivated me and led to the decision I had to make,” Griffin wrote. “It’s time for me to retire from professional football. It’s time to implement my Plan A.”

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