The profound truth of “Nothing Comes Easy” is exemplified in Gillette’s portrait of recent NFL draftee Shaquem Griffin. Shaquem, born with amniotic band syndrome, had his left hand amputated as a small child. But despite seemingly impossible odds and with tireless training and family support, he ultimately realized his lifelong goal. Shaquem and his twin brother Shaquill will both be playing for the Seattle Seahawks this season.
Cut+Run’s Stacy Peterson edited this moving portrait, directed by Tool of North America’s Floyd Russ for agencies Townhouse and Grey NY.