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Shaquem Griffin Receives NCAA Inspiration Award

By John Boyle, Seahawks.com, 02/04/19, 12:00PM CST

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“It always feels good when you’re able to share your story with everybody and still have a very big impact.”

Shaquem Griffin spent his rookie season with the Seahawks not just learning the ins and outs of being an NFL linebacker, but also providing inspiration to so many people who have been moved by his story. But being an inspiration is nothing new to Griffin, who became a star at UCF prior to becoming a fifth-round pick in last year’s draft, and as a result he received the NCAA Inspiration Award on Wednesday in his hometown of Orlando.

The NCAA Inspiration Award is given to the athlete, coach or administrator in intercollegiate athletics who “used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome a life-altering situation, and most importantly, are role models giving hope and inspiration to others.