Defensive tackle Malik McDowell is grateful to the Cleveland Browns for giving him a second chance in the NFL.
McDowell, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, has yet to play a down in the NFL.
Just before the start of rookie training camp, McDowell suffered an injury.
McDowell, who was arrested five times between 2017 and 2019, was released by the Seahawks in 2019.
Later that year, he was sentenced to 11 months in jail.
“I know what my life could be without football and the stuff I fell into without playing football,” McDowell said, per ESPN. “I just wanted to get more structure back in my life.”
McDowell is determined to prove himself with the Browns and have a career in the NFL.
“My career’s at stake, my livelihood, taking care of my family, chance to take care of my family. Just to do what the everyday person can’t do, go out there in front of thousands of fans and play a game and get paid lots of money to do it.”
“That’s a lot of people’s dreams and I get to live my dream.”