By: Charlotte Wilder – USA Today Sports
Here’s a story that might help restore your faith in humanity. Last fall, University of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin met with a young fan, Julianna Linton. The two share more than the fact that they both root for UCF, however; due to Amniotic Band Syndrome, Griffin lost his left hand at age four, and Linton lost her left arm above the elbow.
Linton, who lives in Houston, is a youth cheerleader, so the UCF cheerleading team presented her with her 3-D printed bionic arm back in March of this year (it says UCF on the side). When UCF traveled to Houston to play the Cougars this past Saturday, Linton and her family went to the game, and Linton got to cheer for the Knights down on the field.
And then she got to meet Griffin, one of her heroes.
After the game, Griffin said this at a press conference:
“You know, I’m blessed to have that type of feeling, to be that face, that inspiring person for others. Not just for young people, but older people — men and women. It’s a blessing for me.