Except for the most hardcore analysts and fans, to a widespread audience the National Football League combine is a contrived and fabricated drama laden showcase of almost exclusively pure athleticism that bridges the chasm of the Winter months in the wake of the Superbowl hangover.
For league commissioner Roger Goodell and his minions of elite beancounters, the week long event in the form of a glorified offseason for the brightest stars fresh from synthetic turf of the NCAA gridiron, the series of athletic tests and measurables effectively gets the conversation started regarding the draft and deflects from the horrendously politicized and controversial 2017 season. However, once in a blue moon and with “lotteryistic” odds rivaling the chance of a California state republican ever getting elected to either the governor or senate position, a story evolves from Indianapolis that is actually worth sharing.
Former University of Central Florida standout linebacker Shaquem Griffin may not be a household name, but he should be after his historic performance in displaying scary explosive talent and epitomizing the lost in the shuffle of political correctness underlying premise of athletics is based on the art of winning in overcoming the road less traveled. In a narrative that even the ultra-liberal dinosaur of ESPN or CNN could not butcher, Griffin who is an amputee, absolutely dominated his position group, which had the scouts and experts reeling in disbelief and attempting to formulate new mechanisms of praise.
Fox News reports that the award winning four year starter at UCF, who lost his left hand at four years of age, dazzled the field in completing a solid 20 reps for the 225 pound bench press and absolutely blew the lid off the collective Lucas Oil Stadium in running a blazing 4.38 time in the 40 yard dash, a mark that is unheard of for a linebacker. The caveat to Griffin’s breathtaking achievements on Sunday, is that he is actually a good football player as well as an athlete, a combination that may earn him a fourth or fifth round selection in the league’s annual draft held in the last week of April.
After watching and listening to the incessant indoctrination from the talking heads over the last two decades, who regularly and conveniently categorize race and sexuality as disabilities, the inspiring display of greatness orchestrated by Griffin brings some needed perspective to this crazy planet.
Read the Fox News story here.
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