pizza shop worker gets a shot at NFL, signs with New England Patriots 

By Sandhya

October 7.2022

The New England Patriots dropped into a North Dakota pizza shop to sign the 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle to their practice squad.

Sebastian Gutierrez, a 24-year-old free agent who played for the Minot State University Beavers, was counted to the Pats' practice squad on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

During his college career, he played in 42 games with 35 beginnings, the Patriots noted.

But while he paused for the NFL to give him a call, Gutierrez worked part-time at Uncle Madio's Pizza in Minot, KFYR said. 

"I saw him making pizzas in the back of the line and I guess, I supposed my manager Denise hired someone to be the head of security," restaurant owner Lawson Leonard told KFYR. 

“He was like, you're my favored pizza location, so maybe get a job here so that's what happened. 

My manager, Denis, offered him a job and he worked for us two, 3 days a week whenever he could when he wasn't practicum.

Leonard paid tribute to his former employee on Facebook.

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