Seahawks players and former Central Florida stars Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin joined SI Now on Wednesday and described how personal it felt when former UCF head coach George O’Leary forced them to cut their hair.
The twins were reunited in the NFL when Seattle selected Shaquem in the fifth round in the 2018 NFL draft after Shaquill was drafted the previous year. While they've found success and Shaquem's story has inspired many, the two said their experience with O’Leary made them stronger.
Shaquill says he thought it was personal when O’Leary asked them to cut their hair. Originally, Shaquill believed the coach didn't want the hair to be shown, so the two folded their hair by using rubber bands to hide it under the helmet. They thought they would be OK under those measures. However, O’Leary said he did not want the hair folded but rather he wanted them to cut it. If they didn't, they wouldn't play.
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