Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi is a name you have never heard of, but you certainly won’t forget after what he did to try a secure a tryout and his future.
Most people would tell you to never lie on your resume in order to secure a job, because it could blow up in your face later. DSG didn’t listen and it worked out for him, as the receiver recounted with Cleveland.com’s Scott Patsko.
Sheehy-Guiseppi didn’t receive a scholarship from Phoenix College in 2016 and had no interest from teams to take him as a transfer. He decided to turn pro, but that proved to be very problematic as he couldn’t even find interest from top colleges, so why would an NFL team look his way?
CFL and Arena Football tryouts failed soon after. He then heard about an NFL workout in Miami, so he traveled from Arizona to Florida even though he did not have an invite to even be there.
His determination would stem with him using vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith as his ticket into the event. He did not know him personally, but that wouldn’t stop him from pretending that he did.
“Sheehy-Guiseppi made it to Miami and headed to the workout, where he was met with confusion. But he was prepared for that.
“Who are you?”
“I’m Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. I’m here for the tryout.”
“Do you know Alonzo?”
“Yeah, I know Alonzo.”
The confidence paid off. Sheehy-Guiseppi had his foot in the door. To make sure his story didn’t fall apart, as soon as he saw Highsmith, he ran to him and introduced himself.
“I just knew I had to make it look like we were friends,” Sheehy-Guiseppi said. “Alonzo was real nice to me.”
The workout began and Sheehy-Guiseppi stood out. He caught punts, he caught passes, and, best of all, his 40 time was 4.38. Only five wide receivers at the 2019 NFL combine ran faster than that.”
He did just enough to draw interest from the Browns and they decided to invite him for a tryout.The Browns would go on to sign him in April.
Sheehy-Guiseppi knows he’s a massive long shot to actually make the team, as he is listed as an un-drafted third-string receiver and kick returner.
Considering the journey he took to get there, it’s impressive that he’s even on the squad.