Disability in the NFL

Shaquem Griffin was born without a left hand. This did stop him from pursuing his NFL dream. He went on to play college football at the University of Central Florida. While there, he excelled on and off the field. Over his years there he gained more and more recognition from locals, media across the country, and eventually the NFL. He was then drafted in the 2018 NFL draft.

In class we talk about how disabilities can relate characters in stories to evil as well as sympathy. In this case, Griffin has grown up as the underdog. What do Americans’ love the most? That’s right, a good old fashioned underdog story. I saw a commercial about Griffin early September this year, and shows him as an underdog and what he had to go through. It displays the hardships that he had to go through to get to where he is. It displays him as a person that has a disability that should not be able to do what he does, but he overcomes it all. This commercial wants us to root for Griffin and his success. It tries and get the viewers to show sympathy towards him and what he had to do be successful.


I have attached the link to the commercial below.



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