Former MLB pitcher Abbott is a big fan of 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..."
Thrilled for you @Shaquemgriffin. Beyond words...-- Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31) April 28, 2018
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."
(1/2) To @Shaquemgriffin thank you for taking so many of us along on this amazing ride. Nothing would be greater than hearing your name called in the @NFL draft.-- Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31) April 25, 2018
But football is only a small part of what makes you special.
(2/2) No matter what happens in the next few days, you already have had an impact that you can't understand. Keep going. Take that great strength, determination, and smile... Show the world all that is possible-- Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31) April 25, 2018