Written By: Justin Nelson
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, once a homeless man sleeping outside of a gym on a patch of grass in Miami, was able to live out his dream as a National Football League (NFL) wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
Before Sheehy-Guiseppi was ever close to playing in the NFL, he was an NJCAA ( National Junior College Athletic Association) All American kick returner at Phoenix college.
No NFL scouts have even heard of him even though he was awarded All American.
He heard from a friend in a flag football league in Arizona about an NFL workout in Miami Florida. The bad thing is that he could only purchase a one way flight to Miami and he wasn’t even allowed to participate because he wasn’t invited to the workout.
When Sheehy-Guiseppi arrived to the workout, he convinced the guard to let him in by saying that he knew who the Browns vice president of player personnel was, Alonzo Highsmith, which he knew nothing about except how Highsmith looked. Guiseppi was somehow let in.
Sheehy-Guiseppi told ESPN:
“My mom has given me knowledge to think outside the box and just trying to use things to your advantage. Meet everybody you can meet and use that to your advantage,” said Guiseppi.
Sheehy did not disappoint the coaches during the workout, running a 4.38 second 40 yard dash time, and catching Highsmith’s eye.
He explained to ESPN that:
“All the work [I] put in, all the moments I was in the gym in Arizona, sleeping in there, just all the moments I stayed up all night thinking. I wanted an opportunity. To get an opportunity, to make the most of it,” said Guiseppi.
After the workout, Highsmith invited Sheehy to a workout in Berea, Cleveland a week later.
In the meantime, Sheehy-Guiseppi slept on a patch of grass and outside of a 24 Hour Fitness gym for a few days because he had no money. He didn’t want to mention this to his mother because he didn’t want her to worry.
When he arrived at the tryout he impressed the coaches to where they kept him around even until now.
In the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Sheehy got his chance late in the fourth quarter. He returned a punt all the way into the endzone to score a touchdown and had his entire team celebrating on the field with him.
Sheehy-Guiseppi is still not yet on the 53 man roster but if he keeps up the hard work, there’s no doubt his football dream will come true.