“It was like I was dreaming,” Shaquem said. “Magical stuff started happening. It’s unexplainable, the emotions, everything that was going through my mind. It was crazy.”

The Griffin twins, Shaquill and Shaquem, have played together since they were children. They both had a chance to star at UCF. Shaquill was picked up by Seattle in the third round last year, and Shaquem came on like a runaway freight train the past two seasons, earning a draft selection on Saturday.

Emotions were running high at Seahawks headquarters as well. Head coach Pete Carroll said general manager John Schneider was “kind of a mess” handing the phone off to him after speaking with Griffin.

“It was emotional for all the obvious reasons,” Carroll said. “We love Shaquill and knowing what could come of this. My partner here was kind of a mess, to tell you the truth, when he handed me the phone.”

Now the young man who’s overcome overwhelming odds his entire life will have a chance to earn a spot on Seattle’s opening day roster. He has tons of athletic talent and the will to achieve greatness at any cost. And given the team’s losses this past offseason there’s definitely room for him to make it. It’s going to be fascinating to watch Griffin continue his journey, and it’s already evident he’s going to be quite a spark plug wherever he goes, whatever he does.