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Seahawks Player Q&A: 12 Things You Don't Know About Linebacker Shaquem Griffin

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1.    You can find him in Florida for most of the offseason.

“I’m usually in St. Petersburg with my family hanging out with. Typically, in the offseason I give myself four weeks off, and then I’ll start my training and conditioning. I’ll usually be in St. Petersburg but train in Tampa. If we’re in Seattle we workout early in the morning. We took a few trips along the West Coast, but an offseason day in Seattle is different from an offseason day in St. Petersburg.”

2.    The grind doesn’t stop for him, even when it comes time for community involvement.

“I wake up at around 7 a.m. Then I’ll eat breakfast and workout at around 9:30 a.m. and finish at 11 a.m. After that, I grab lunch and drive back to St. Petersburg and hang out with my family. We have a track team that we coach called the St. Pete Nitro track club. We usually coach between 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. After that we just relax and maybe play games and get ready for the next day. We workout five days a week.”

3.    Instagram is his number one social media app.

 “Instagram. It’s cool because you can post pictures, let the ladies see your outfit for the day, and there’s always funny videos on there. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, when I get on my phone, I’m going to touch Instagram every single time. You can even go to the explore page and find exactly what you’re looking for.”

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4.    He has a 90’s soul.

“If I could live in any era, I would probably have to choose the 90’s. I say that probably because of the music, and how it was back then. It was just different. The way of living was different, the way people interacted with each other was different. In today’s world, we text more than we talk on the phone.’

5.    If it’s the day before the game, he has to have his cheesecake.

“If I don’t have cheesecake the day before the game, I’ll feel awkward. It started in college. They used to always have cheesecake day and whenever I ate cheesecake, I was balling. When I didn’t eat cheesecake, I feel like I didn’t play my best game.”

6.    If he’s not with his twin brother Shaquill, you can catch him with some of his brothers on the team.

“Besides my brother, I spend the most time with Tre Flowers, along with Tedric Thompson and Lano Hill. We just hang out and play Fortnite for the most part. We have our little group that we play the game with. Now that Jadeveon Clowney is here, we spend a lot of time on the game with him too. We get nothing but W’s when we play online.”

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7.    Some of the best advice he has ever received came from a family member, and a locker room family member.

“My brother picked up a saying here with the Seahawks that said, ‘control the controllables.’ Another great piece came from coach Ken Norton, Jr. he told me to ‘be where your feet are at.’ It’s easy to worry about things that have came and went instead of living in the moment.” 

8.    His favorite moment as a rookie was significant for multiple reasons.

“My first NFL start was my favorite moment as a rookie. Being out there with my brother and having our parents there was a blessing. It was a dream we both had, and for it to come true the way it did is something I’ll never forget.”

9.    Football wouldn’t be the same for him if his twin brother Shaquill wasn’t on the same team.

“It would’ve been different. It wouldn’t be the same because our parents wouldn’t be able to come to all of our games. When we were apart it was even more challenging because we were on completely different coasts, too. I’m glad we’re on the same team.”

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10. The most influential coach he has ever had is the same man that he calls father.

“My dad would always give us advice and help us figure out what it was that we could do better. He was a huge influence. He would push us to be the best versions of ourselves as possible. He was our best coach and our biggest critic.”

11. In his mind, a perfect road trip would be in the company of Tedric Thompson and Tre Flowers en route to Las Vegas.

“Tre Flowers and Tedric Thompson would be two perfect people to go on a road trip with besides my brother. If I had to choose where, I would probably say Vegas. Those are my boys; I could go anywhere with them.”

12. He plans to leave behind an extraordinary legacy.

“For me, I don’t want to just be successful, I want to be remembered as extraordinary. I don’t want to be categorized in the same realm as those who are only successful. Success can be measured in many ways. There are many successful people, but I always think of ways to separate myself from that category, and it’s me being extraordinary. Not even just within football. Even it’s me helping different communities, making a difference in the world. I want to be known even when I’m no longer here.”

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