Griffin: You Can't Let Negativity Dictate Your Life

Shaquem Griffin and his father, Terry, dropped by The DA Show to discuss Griffin's inspirational road to the NFL

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September 27, 2018 - 11:45 am

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Less than one month into his rookie season, Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin remains perhaps the most inspirational story in the NFL.

Making it to the NFL is hard enough; making it to the NFL with one hand is virtually impossible. But Griffin did it – and he has his father, Terry, to thank.

“I was trying to raise providers,” Terry said on The DA Show. “Put in the work. Put in the work. Anything you want in life, you can get. You just got to work for it. Don’t let nobody tell you that you can’t do it.”

As a father, Terry wanted his son to understand that “a negative feeds a positive.”

“If you go out there and take the negative off your battery in your car, the car’s not going to start,” Terry explained. “So it’s always positive. We need the negative. Everybody’s going to always say what you can’t do, but you’re going to show it to them. You’re going to constantly show it to them. And don’t get comfortable. Show them what you can do. Hard work pays off.”

It doesn’t leave much room for complacency, either.

“When you get to that point in your life where your kids are gone out the house, you don’t want them to come back,” Terry continued. “I know I didn’t want them to come back. If they come to my house in anything bigger than a backpack, I’m going to talk to you through the window. I’m not letting you in. So, providers: you go out there and you work. You take care of yourself. You take care of your family. Don’t be lazy. No excuses. Because you have one hand, I don’t want to hear that. if you give me excuses, you’re going to constantly give me excuses. Then I got to watch you wear down my couch. No.”

Griffin took that message to heart. After a standout career at UCF – which ended with an undefeated 13-0 season in 2017 – he was drafted in the fifth round by the Seahawks and remains an inspiration to all.

“I never want anybody to shy away from reaching out to me because I’m always open arms to anything,” Griffin said. “It’s cool to have some of the kids come talk to me and want to get things off their chest. I think that’s important, having somebody to talk to that’s kind of going through the same thing, to kind of give them a light or a pathway that they kind of take. My whole thing is, you’re going to have a lot of people in your corner, a lot of people who’s going to be around you who’s going to say what you can’t do and they’re going to feed negativity to you. But you can’t let that dictate who you are and what you want to be in life. The only person who can dictate that is you. 

“You got more than enough opportunities, you got more than enough chances to kind of showcase what you want to do,” Griffin continued. “But when you’re given an opportunity and a chance, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to allow someone to tell you that you’re not going to be able to get something done, or are you going to take it upon yourself to get it done?”

Griffin and the Seahawks (1-2) hope to get it done in Week 4. They face the Cardinals (0-3) on the road this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.