Formerly Homeless Man Tries Out for Cleveland Browns, Gets Signed With Team

Formerly Homeless Man Tries Out for Cleveland Browns, Gets Signed with Team
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If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready.

One could say that Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi exemplifies passion. 

The 24-year-old went from being homeless to becoming a star on the Cleveland Browns.

Just four months ago, Sheehy-Guiseppi was sleeping outside of a Miami gym. He’d spent his last $200 on training, according to CNN. An old flag football team mate told him about the Browns’ spring practice, but he wasn’t invited. 

Sheehy-Guiseppi wasn’t about to let a pesky invitation get in the way of a life-changing opportunity. 

He showed up and convinced team management that he knew Alonzo Highsmith, the Browns’ vice president of player personnel, even though he didn't really know the executive. 

The hopeful introduced himself to Highsmith, then talked his way into tryouts. 

At tryouts, Sheehy-Guiseppi ran the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds. That impressive showing earned him an invite to the Browns’ practice the following week. 

At that practice, Sheehy-Guiseppi dazzled the team. He was offered a contract. 

The cherry on top of this sundae would come courtesy Odell Beckham Jr. Sheehy-Guiseppi had misplaced his cleats before a preseason game, and Beckham Jr. lent his new teammate a pair. 

Sheehy-Guiseppi was wearing them when he scored the touchdown that helped the Browns beat the Washington Redskins on Thursday. 

"I'm just blessed to be healthy and be in the position that I am. I just try to stay in the moment and just think about what's to come next. I'm super proud to be able to take advantage of moments like that," he said.


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