Griffin’s time — identical to that of his identical twin brother Shaquill at last year’s combine — was the fastest by a linebacker since the NFL started recording 40-yard dash times back in 2003. According to Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, Griffin is the first-ever defensive player to weigh more than 225 and run a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Shaquem said a little brotherly challenge may have been the needed fuel to push him his record-breaking time.
“My brother was telling me the whole time, ‘I don’t think you can run 4.3. You put on weight. I’m giving you a 4.4. That would be good for you,'” Shaquem said to ESPN afterward. “I said ‘So, you’re telling me what I can’t do, huh?’ It was only right that I prove him wrong and that’s what I did. He called me … after I got done with the 40 and he was like ‘You did it. I’m proud of you.’ I didn’t know my time at first and he was like ‘You just made history. You’re the fastest linebacker to ever do it since the Combine started.’ I said, ‘Well, I hope nobody’s going to beat me for a while, then.'”
Shaquem also had a message for Knight fans on the @UCF_Football Twitter account: “Hey, what’s up, Knight fans? Shaquem Griffin here, letting you all know that it’s finally done. I got an opportunity to be here and I did it. I gotta thank you all for all the support. You all have been supporting me for a long time now.”