Shaquem Griffin's Brother Shaquill Tackled Him in the Bathroom for Seahawks Call

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin poses for photos on the red carpet before the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Shaquem Griffin and his twin brother Shaquill are close. 

How close? Close enough that when the Seattle Seahawks called to tell Shaquem they were drafting him in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft, Shaquill busted into the bathroom and tackled him to tell him the news. 

"I went to the use the restroom," Griffin said on NFL Network. "So, when I went to use the restroom, my brother busted into the restroom right behind me and tackled me and said 'Answer the phone. I know the area code. Answer the phone.'

"I'm getting myself together and trying to answer the phone. That was the call I've been waiting for my entire life. I literally broke down. I couldn't breathe. I didn't know how to talk. I was lost for words."

Shaquill Griffin is a cornerback for the Seahawks and was drafted in the third round out of UCF last year. Shaquem, meanwhile, helped lead the Golden Knights to an undefeated record in 2017.

After a stellar combine and workout before the draft, it was clear Shaquem would get drafted—it was just a question of by which team. Shaquill described leaping over other family members to get to the phone when it started ringing.

"I was so glad he didn't lock the door," Shaquill said. "I busted open the door and said, 'I don't care what you're doing, I don't care.' I jumped on him and said, 'You need to focus, you need to focus.' So I gave him the phone and he answered."

Shaquem will attempt to make an impact in the NFL despite losing his left hand at the age of four. He recorded 74 tackles and seven sacks during his senior season at UCF.

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