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Moss: From Penniless To The NFL, Lake Havasu Player On The Verge

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi rests on the sideline after his 86-yard punt return for a touchdown during an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 30-10.

Pride in your local sports team, be it football, hockey or baseball, goes a long way toward uplifting a community.

We saw that with the Golden Knights after the 2017 shooting on the Strip. 

So instead of talking about the hopes and dreams of two woebegone football teams, those of UNLV and UNR—how about that guy from Lake Havasu—no invitations from pro teams; sleeping outside on the grass because he had no money-- and now has a shot at joining the NFL? 

Mitch Moss is the host of Follow the Money on V-sin, the Vegas Stats and Information Network. He explained the rise of Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi.

“It all started back at the college level where he could not get a workout. He couldn’t make any college team. Nobody wanted anything to do with him. He eventually squeezed his way into a workout at a college – at a community college by the way – they invited him to this thing, did well, made the team, eventually, he led his division – the entire country actually at the level he played college ball - in kick returns,” he said.

Then, Sheehy-Guiseppi did something similar at the NFL. He found out where the Cleveland Browns were having tryouts, flew there and lied about knowing someone in the organization.

He was able to get a tryout, did well and then shocked everyone in a pre-season game against the Redskins.

“Late in the game, in the fourth quarter, he takes an 86-yard punt return to the house scores a touchdown. At that point, nobody knew who he was,” Moss said.

Even more dramatically, Moss said half the Browns team seemed to rush the end zone and tackle Sheehy-Guiseppi.

“You’re thinking to yourself, 'This is nuts! How many times will a team go this crazy for a guy who scores a touchdown in the NFL?” Moss said.

But then his story came out and now it seems everyone is rooting for him. His teammates say he brings an energy to the locker room that can't be replaced.

And even more remarkable, the Browns are considered by some to be a top contender this year.

“Certain sports books directors have said they are absolutely flooded with money on the Browns to win their division,” Moss said.

However, those numbers can be deceiving because they reflect what the general public is betting on - not the sharps.

“They bet what they want to happen,” Moss said.

He explained that since the Browns are a sexy story people are betting with their hearts, not their heads.

As for Moss, “talent-wise I love ‘em but I need to see it to believe it."

 

Mitch Moss, host, Follow The Money 

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.