BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Nearly everything about Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi’s story is improbable, seemingly fictional.
Truth is, the Browns rookie returner has become a lovable NFL long shot.
On Thursday night, his inspiring, made-for-TV tale took a dramatic turn when Sheehy-Guiseppi, who briefly slept outdoors in Florida after deceiving his way into a free-agent workout where the Browns found him, returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown. Cleveland opened the preseason with a 30-10 win over the Washington Redskins.
“I just saw the hole,” Sheehy-Guiseppi said afterward, describing his first punt return in a game in three years. “I ran as fast as I could to the hole and tried to take off.”