Monte Gaddis, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a linebacker who played NCAA football for Towson University. Earlier last week, Gaddis waited outside the Cleveland Browns training facility for three days until Cleveland Brown’s general manager Ray Farmer walked up to speak with Gaddis.
Zach Meisel from cleveland.com reported the following events:
” ‘I didn’t know where he was walking,” Gaddis told cleveland.com.
It didn’t take long for Gaddis to solve the puzzle. Farmer was headed straight for the 23-year-old, who spent the first three mornings of the week outside of the facility, sign in hand, hoping for a chance at a tryout.
‘I was like, ‘Oh, snap. He’s coming to me,’ Gaddis said. ‘I had to take a few breaths just to get things right.’…
…The two chatted for a few minutes. Farmer asked Gaddis to submit some game tape. He advised the former Maryland walk-on and Towson standout to bring the film on Thursday, but Gaddis went home, retrieved the necessary tape and returned to Berea to deliver it to the team’s personnel department.”
Eric Edholm from Yahoo reported what Gaddis wrote on his sign to catch the GM’s attention:
“Gaddis hung a cardboard sign around his neck with his key selling points. The strong safety/special teamer boasts of his college captaincy, his winning a national title at I-AA Towson, his All-America honors and his willingness to do any drills the Browns would have wanted. He even threw in a #ClevelandNative on the sign for good measure. Can’t hurt, right?”
Dedication and persistence like this is kind of inspiring. Gaddis will have to wait and see if he gets a call back for a try out. Perhaps we will get to see him play for the Browns within the next couple of years.
Here is a youtube highlight video of Monte Gaddis in action.