For Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin family is everything, but what you might not know about Shaquill is that he may have a potential future in music with his brother, Shaquem. While it may be some time until you see the Griffin family band on tour, it may not be long until you see the two brothers on the waters of Lake Washington or Shaquill out inspiring people around the globe.
Check out this list of 12 things you (probably) don't know about the Seahawks cornerback:
1. On a sunny Seattle afternoon, you can find him with Shaquem out on Lake Washington.
“When the sun is out, we are on the water. We get a boat, two jet skis and just hang out. That’s where we do our best thinking, collect our thoughts, and we talk about things we want to accomplish.”
2. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. would be his ideal coach to suit up with on gameday.
“I know for a fact that he’s going to bring the energy that the whole team would need, and I know he would make some crazy plays. I know he still has a little bit of that in him. I would definitely pick him to play with me in a game”
3. He is the creator of the unstoppable “Rhino Package”.
“The first time me and my brother played running back together, he was at running back and I was at fullback. We called it the 'Rhino Package,' since we were bigger and faster than everybody. They would take us from the O-line and put us in the backfield at running back and fullback. I’d try to hit everybody to block for him. I think every time we used that play, we scored. We were maybe eight years old, but it was pretty cool.”
4. If he could go back and tell his younger self one thing, it would be to relax.
“I’d tell myself to try not to worry so much about the future, just live in the moment. I wish I would’ve learned that earlier because I still do that. Live in the moment, don’t focus on the future, everything is going to be alright.”
5. Former Seahawks Linebacker Austin Calitro could put an instant smile on his face.
“There are a couple of people I can go to for a good laugh, or even just seeing them makes me happy. I could definitely get a good laugh when I’m around Austin Calitro. He’s a funny guy.”
6. His father is his inspiration not just for football, but for life.
“With my dad, it wasn’t even about him pushing us to play football because he always gave us a choice. He always taught us that football can be more of a backup plan. Focus on academics. Something my brother and I want to do is motivational speaking and broadcasting. Football came as a blessing. With our dad not pushing us so much to play football, we always wanted to play and make him proud.”
7. When times get tough, he can always count on his family to motivate him to push through.
“Seeing everything my family has done for me and continue to do for me, it would be hard to give up on myself. With the sacrifices they’ve made for me I feel like I would be letting them down if I gave up because they never gave up on me. I can’t give up on myself because of them.”
8. He would love to pick Will Smith’s brain on life lessons and advice.
“I feel like the way he carries himself I know I can follow him a little bit. Always been a fan. He talks about fear and all the different circumstances he’s been put in and how he has overcome things. I want to know how he goes about his everyday life and what motivates him when there are times where he feels like he can’t get through something. I want to know what gets him through it.”
9. He hopes to one day inspire people around the globe.
“I want to be a motivational speaker. I’ve been doing that so far, but I want to do that on the international level. I would want to go to London because it’s a football place and it would be easier to start there. I want to talk about what I’ve been through growing up, me and my brother talking about his story and our story together, and what got us through.”
10. His dream concert would be old school, R&B classics.
“I’m going to have to go old school. Charlie Wilson, I definitely want to see him perform. Keith Sweat, Boyz II Men. Close off the night with Marvin Gaye. All R&B stuff.”
11. He has a musical side of him that he wants to fine-tune before forming a band with Shaquem.
“I feel like I can sing a little bit, but I need some lessons to control my vocals. I think I’m going to do that in the offseason. I talked to my agent about it with me and my brother. We are going to take classes and guitar lessons so we can start our own little band.”
12. His favorite Seahawks memory was sharing the draft day experience with his brother.
“When my brother got drafted, we were in Dallas in a hotel room. He was in the bathroom when he got the call, and I’ve seen the area code before, so I knew who it was already. I had to bust through the bathroom and give him the phone. We had John Schneider on the other side of the phone, and it was a really special moment for him and for me to be part of.”