BEREA, Ohio (Fox 8) – Monte Gaddis of Cleveland wants to play for the Cleveland Browns. So much so, that he has been stationed outside Browns headquarters in Berea pleading for a chance.
Gaddis has been walking up and down the sidewalk outside the Browns headquarters in Berea for three straight days. He’s wearing a sign around his neck that reads ‘Starving for my first shot, why not?’
At 5’11” and 210 pounds, this Cleveland Central Catholic alum and former college football player is trying to get a tryout with the Cleveland Browns.
“I’m not giving up on it until something happens,” said Gaddis.
Monte’s perseverance finally paid off: Browns GM Ray Farmer came out of the facility for a private meeting with the Cleveland native.
Farmer told Gaddis to send him a highlight film and gave him his email address.
Gaddis was a walk-on at the University of Maryland. He fell on hard times and ended up getting a full scholarship at Towson University. He was an All-American in 2012, a defensive MVP in 2013 and even played in the championship game of the Football Championship Subdivision.
“I’m not going to lie, I got a little nervous. He gave me his e-mail, told me to send my highlight film and my websites to him and told me to bring a full game footage up tomorrow,” Gaddis said.
Gaddis also played professionally for a time in the country of Poland, where he helped his team win a league championship in 2014.