By Charles Robinson
Like everything else that has been a testament to the perseverance of Shaquem Griffin’s football career, the NFL draft’s waiting process couldn’t beat him either.
After waiting into the third day of the selection process, Griffin’s selection in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks became one of the most electric moments of this draft. He joins his twin brother Shaquill, who was drafted in the third round last year by Seattle.
When he received a phone call from Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll to notify him that he was going to get selected, the UCF star repeatedly said he was out of breath and overwhelmed.
“I can’t even breathe right now, I’m not going to lie to you,” he told Carroll.
Perhaps in proper fashion, it unfolded in front of the die-hard fans who – like Griffin – stuck it out into the draft’s less-hyped final day of picks.