You do what you gotta do to get to where you want to get.
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi hasn’t played football in three years but somehow managed to get himself a tryout with the Cleveland Browns. How did he do it? Well, he lied.
Sheehy-Guiseppi told Browns.com that after spending two seasons playing football at a junior college in Arizona (Phoenix College) including a season where he was an All-American kick returner, Sheehy-Guiseppi had hopes of transferring to an FBS school.
Unfortunately, that didn’t transpire and Sheehy-Guiseppi couldn’t find a team that needed his services and he couldn’t return to Phoenix College because he could no longer afford it due to the fact that he no longer had a scholarship. His collegiate career basically ended after the 2016 season and Sheehy-Guiseppi couldn’t even earn a job in the CFL or AFL.
But Sheehy-Guiseppi never gave up on his dream and through a friend of a friend he found out Browns executive Alonzo Highsmith was hosting a tryout in Miami, Florida.
“I was like ‘just give me the address and I’ll talk to them myself,'” Sheehy-Guiseppi said.
“So I show up and the guy says something to me. He was like ‘who are you?'” Sheehy-Guiseppi’s response? “I’m Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. I’m here for the tryout.”
At that point, the receiver said, he knew Highsmith, even though he definitely didn’t know the Browns’ executive. Once he was able to get his foot in the door and in front of the Browns, Sheehy-Guiseppi was able to showcase his 4.38 speed and began turning heads.
After impressing Highsmith in Florida, Sheehy-Guiseppi had to spend two nights in Miami, sleeping outside and going to a laundromat to charge his phone in hopes of getting that call from Browns GM John Dorsey.
Once he got the call to come to Cleveland to tryout in front of Dorsey and the Browns coaching staff and that’s exactly what he did.
The next challenge for Sheehy-Guiseppi is whether or not he can earn his way onto the 53-man roster.