Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who talked his way into NFL tryout, scores TD for Cleveland Browns




It came late in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ 30-10 rout of the visiting Washington Redskins, but it might be the feel-good moment of the entire preseason.

Rookie wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi‘s 86-yard punt return touchdown capped an incredible journey to the NFL.

A first-team NJCAA All-American at Phoenix College in 2016, Sheehy-Guiseppi was looking for a Division I school to play at. With no leads, Sheehy-Guiseppi spent two years without playing organized football. 

Eager to play pro football, Sheehy-Guiseppi sweet-talked his way into an NFL workout session in Miami by claiming to know the Browns’ VP of player personnel, Alonzo Highsmith. Thanks to a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time, Sheehy-Guiseppi drew the Browns’ interest and was invited to Berea, Ohio, for an official tryout (for comparison, that 4.38 40 time would have been the sixth-best among WRs at this year’s NFL scouting combine).

One problem: Sheehy-Guiseppi had no money and a week until the tryout. So, he slept either outside or at a 24-hour fitness center. The perseverance paid off. He was signed by the Browns in April and four months later scored a touchdown in his first NFL preseason.

Sell that script to Hollywood.

Just look at the reaction of his teammates:

The Browns celebrate on the field after Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown.

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