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Wednesday Round-Up: Griffin Brothers To Deliver UCF Virtual Commencement Speech

Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin will speak to University of Central Florida's Class of 2020 Saturday, May 2.


Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Wednesday, April 29 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

From UCF Knights to Seahawks & Graduation Speakers

Twin brothers Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin graduated from college just four years ago, but they already have plenty of lessons to pass onto soon-to-be graduates from their inspiring journeys to the NFL.

On Saturday, the Griffin brothers will take up a major honor from their alma mater: delivering the commencement speech to the University of Central Florida's Class of 2020.

"It's a tremendous honor," Shaquem Griffin said. "I would have never thought I'd give a commencement speech right now. We're truly blessed to be able to come back to UCF and to be able to give what's on our hearts and on our minds."

The school's press release shares the virtual ceremony can be found on UCF's official Facebook and YouTube pages.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Griffins have studied speeches from Barack Obama, J.J. Watt, and Denzel Washington as they land on their own style for the commencement speech. They plan to take on different focuses for their parts with Shaquem covering overcoming adversity and Shaquill covering taking advantage of opportunity.

"It makes you feel good about the things you have been doing, on and off the field," Shaquill Griffin said. 'It makes you want to do more good things for people knowing that we got people looking up and watching us."

The brothers graduated from UCF in 2016 with Bachelors of Arts in Human Communication degrees. On the field, they were stars of the Knights' defense.

Before being drafted by the Seahawks 90th overall (3rd Round) in 2017, Shaquill Griffin earned All-American Athletic Conference Second Team honors while breaking up 15 passes at defensive back, tying the second most in a single season at UCF.

Shaquem Griffin would follow Shaquill that next year after being named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year at linebacker and leading his team to an undefeated 13-0 season. The Seahawks drafted Shaquem in the 5th Round (141 overall) in 2018, reuniting the brothers to play alongside each other in the pros.

The Griffin brothers join Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch as fellow commencement speakers. Wilson spoke at Wisconsin's commencement ceremony in 2016 while Lynch was selected in February to deliver Princeton's upcoming Senior Class Day speech in June.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from NBC Sports' Twitter account who shares a clip from actor and life-long Seahawks fan Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The Walking Dead star talks about what it was like to raise the 12 Flag in 2018, calling it "the single greatest moment of my life" (outside his children being born of course).

More From Around The Web Reporter John Boyle covers the recent addition of CB Jayson Stanley who was claimed off waivers Tuesday.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times who shares more on first-round pick Jordyn Brooks through the eyes of his college coach.

Giving to Fly, a group that supports amputees and children with missing limbs by giving them the financial support to attend camps around the country, visited 2018 Seahawks training camp on Thursday, July 26 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where they spent time after practice with Seattle cornerback Shaquill Griffin and his twin brother, Seattle linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at an early age due to amniotic band syndrome.

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