It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for former Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton.
In March, Browns general manager John Dorsey traded the 2015 No. 12 overall draft pick and a 5th round pick for a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Shelton, now with the Patriots, is preparing to play in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.
Coming into New England with only four wins during his tenure with the Browns, Shelton grew hungry to take his career to the next level.
His career was placed in the hands of his new head coach, Bill Belichick.
“I’ve lived my whole life this year just focusing on competing and proving to him that I was a great trade and trying to contribute to the team,” Shelton said of impressing Belichick upon arriving in New England.
Of course, in Cleveland, Shelton had to endure the 0-16 season conducted by Hue Jackson.
“When Hue came in it was like we were trying to restructure everything. We had guys who were feeling down about another coaching change and another losing season,” Shelton said. “It was tough.”
Dorsey called the former Washington Husky right as he was returning home from his honeymoon in Bora Bora with his new wife, Tamara.
Shelton was just trying to take a nap when he got the phone call that he would be traded.
“I was kinda hurt by it,” Shelton said.
He said he wanted to have the chance to play with his teammates again. He also longed for a chance to perform in front of the Dawg Pound for one final time.
It hasn’t been all negative for Shelton, though.
Upon being traded, Shelton says the Patriots fans welcomed him, his wife, and his four dogs, the Furry Sheltons.
Having his wife and dogs with him was the key to him continuing to fight for his career in New England with the Patriots.
That fight certainly paid off as Shelton will have a chance to win his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday.
Despite the big moment, he hasn’t forgotten his fans in Ohio.
“There’s so many memories,” Shelton said of his time with the Browns. “Coming out to training camp and hearing all the fans yelling and rooting for me, it was an amazing feeling.”
After a complete 180 degree turn in his life and his football career, Shelton certainly understands what is at stake for Sunday’s game.
“It feels like a dream,” Shelton said of playing in the Super Bowl. “It’s like every kid’s dream, it was definitely one of mine.”
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