Though his story will live on forever, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi as a Cleveland Brown is no more.
The story of the 2019 preseason came from a previously unknown player, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi giving it all for his dream, a shot on an NFL roster.
After garnering first-team honors as an NJCAA All-American at Phoenix College in 2016, Sheehy-Guiseppi searched for a Division I school to play at, only to find none interested. Sheehy-Guiseppi then spent two years without playing organized football, living homeless, with his NFL dream in limbo.
Having no way to participate in the NFL combine and with seemingly no ways left to get an NFL team’s attention, Sheehy-Guiseppi actually lied his way into an NFL workout in Miami by claiming to know the Browns’ VP of player personnel, Alonzo Highsmith. After showing out with a 4.38 second 40-yard dash during the workout, Sheehy-Guiseppi received an offer from the Browns to participate in an official tryout.
There was only one problem…
Damon had no money for a return flight and no money to rent a hotel room during his stay in Cleveland. Improvising, the WR slept outside a 24-hour fitness he was using to prepare for his workout.
After being invited to training camp, Sheehy-Guiseppi finally got his shot in a the Browns’ first preseason game, running a punt back 86-yard for a touchdown. His teammates stormed the field in excitement.
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi is being waived by the Browns. He’ll always have this moment.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) August 31, 2019
Unfortunately Sheehy-Guiseppi fell short of making Cleveland’s 52-man roster via the final round of cuts Saturday.
The Browns are waiving Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, the undrafted WR who talked his way into a tryout and slept outside a 24-hour gym before it.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 31, 2019
Hopefully is moment is not over, but rather just beginning.