Cleveland native "starving" for a chance to tryout for Browns

Gaddis has been standing outside Berea HQ. (Source: WOIO)
Gaddis has been standing outside Berea HQ. (Source: WOIO)

BEREA, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns could really use some help. The team heads into this Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers 2 and 7.

A Cleveland native and former Cleveland Central Catholic football player wants a shot to play with the Browns.

Monte Gaddis has been standing outside the Browns headquarters in Berea for the last two days with a sign asking for a tryout.

Tuesday's rain didn't stop him.

"Play strong safety, special teams, wherever the coaches need me at," Gaddis said. "And this has always been a dream for me. Ever since I was 10-years-old when I first started playing football. Why not, I love the Browns, I love the city of Cleveland!"

He played at Towson University and graduated in 2014.

Gaddis says he has a lot more to bring than just his football talents to the Browns.

"It's not about my talent and ability on the field, mainly with the things I do off the field," Gaddis said.

Gaddis runs a youth mentoring at Cleveland Central Catholic for all student athletes. He's also written a book.

"I wrote my first book, I have a mentoring program for children, I have skills camp for children. I'm just doing a lot."

A transfer from Dean Junior College, Gaddis played in 10 games at middle linebacker and started nine times.

He tied for the team lead with 74 tackles.

While averaging 7.4 tackles per game, he was 10th in the Colonial Athletics Association. Gaddis also keyed the Tiger defense, which topped the CAA by allowing only 313.2 total yards per game.

With 5.5 sacks, he tied for second in the CAA. Gaddis also tied for second in the CAA by making 12 tackles for lost yardage.

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