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22-Year-Old Linebacker Becomes The NFL’s First One-Handed Player

Shaquem Griffin is beating the odds and making history. 

Shaquem Griffin made history on Friday (April 28) when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, making him the NFL's first one-handed player.  Griffin, 22, was picked up in the fifth round of the NFL draft and joins the team alongside his identical twin brother, Shaquill, who was drafted last year.

Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition that affected his left hand, which was amputated at 4 years old.

The University of Central Florida linebacker has also played other sports, including basketball and baseball, and was named the 2018 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP, and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

Though he's used to beating the odds, Griffin is most excited about playing on the same NFL team as his twin brother. “I could’t breathe, I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out but I couldn’t talk,” he told ESPN after being drafted as a 141st overall pick. “It was tough, seeing all them guys picked in front of me and just falling back and knowing that I did everything I was supposed to do, but it was in God’s hands.

“I would wait all over again for the opportunity to be back with my brother," added Griffin.

Griffin isn't the first amputee to make it to the NFL, but he is the first of the post-Super Bowl era. Ellis Jones, a one-armed lineman, was drafted to the league in 1945 by the Boston Yanks . Jones died in 2002 at the age of 80.

Now that Griffin is officially going pro, he plans to keep “proving” his haters wrong. “I have a lot of people to prove wrong, a lot of doubters,” he said.

Griffin’s brother, who didn't cry when he was selected by the Seahawks, couldn't help but get emotional after learning that his brother was joining the Seahawks.

"I couldn’t hold it,” Shaquill told ESPN of crying over the news. “I just couldn't hold it. I'm excited, and I'm glad we made that choice and we're bringing my brother back home."

Watch the twins talk more about the draft below.

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LaVar Ball Is Requesting $3,500 From Anyone Planning On Recording Son During Tournament

As we know, LaVar Ball goes above and beyond in terms of making sure his sons become the superstar basketball players he wants them to be. His youngest son LaMelo is currently playing for SPIRE Institute in Ohio, and they have an upcoming tournament taking place in Kentucky. Mr. Ball is reportedly asking outlets to pay $3,500 at the door to videotape his son playing.

"All games are free to film except for the Spire Institute games,” an email reportedly sent by LaVar read. “To film either of the 2 Spire Institute games, you will have to present $3,500 at the gate, as per rules of the Big Baller Brand media credential… If you accept these conditions, you may present this email at the gate as proof of our approval where you will be given a media pass.”

While a few Internet folks are scoffing at the idea of having to pay that sort of money, others are pointing out the fanbase of LaMelo, stating that there are outlets who certainly would (and have) paid the fee for the chance to record LaMelo and SPIRE moments from the game. According to Forbes, this is one of many revenue streams for the Ball family.

"The Ball Sports Group in November entered into a partnership with FloSports Inc. to live stream five SPIRE games featuring LaMelo, beginning with one on Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Brush High School in Ohio," the site reports. "FloSports Inc. agreed to pay $5,000 per game, according to the contract which was signed by Foster."

Here's the email telling video outlets they must pay $3,500 to film LaMelo and @SpireBasketball this weekend in Kentucky.

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 17, 2019

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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