There’s always energy in the bench press room at the NFL scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights as everybody nearby counts the repetitions.
But never like this.
Even Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed do-it-all defender from Central Florida and a late invitee to the combine, didn’t expect to do what he did Saturday with his prosthetic left hand.
His personal max was 11 reps, but he had a much more modest benchmark in mind here.
“My goal was six,” Griffin acknowledged.
Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back.
“Everybody in the stands was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. “I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”