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Former MLB pitcher Abbott is a big fan of Shaquem Griffin

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50   //    29 Apr 2018, 07:25 IST
Shaquem Griffin
Shaquem Griffin

Shaquem Griffin, who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, stole the hearts of fans everywhere with his incredible story, and it is safe to say former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott is part of that group.

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition causing the hand to be underdeveloped, and his left hand was amputated when he was four years old.

Similarly, Abbott was born without a right hand, but went on to pitch 10 years in the majors and he also added a gold medal from the 1988 Olympics to his resume. 

From one athlete who knows the adversity it takes to compete at the highest level without a hand to another, Abbott was full of support for the linebacker out of UCF. 

After Griffin was selected Abbott tweeted: "Thrilled for you @Shaquemgriffin. Beyond words..."

Leading up to the draft, Abbott sent a special message to the linebacker by writing: "Football is only a small part of what makes you special."

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