Sebastian Gutierrez works out in the gym.

Sebastian Gutierrez works out in the gym.

Screenshot of the video from KFYUR

The New England Patriots stopped by a pizzeria in North Dakota to sign the 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle with their practice squad.

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

He played in 42 games with 35 starts in his college career, according to the Patriots.

But while he was waiting to get a call from the NFL, Gutierrez worked part-time at a restaurant in Minot called Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, KFYR reported.

“I saw him taking turns making pizzas, and I just thought that my manager, Denise, must have hired someone to run security,” restaurant owner Lawson Leonard told KFYR.

“He says you’re my favorite pizzeria so I could get a job here, so that’s what happened. My manager Denise gave him a job and he worked for us two or three days a week when he could, when he wasn’t training.’

Leonard even posted a tribute to his former employee on Facebook.

“I think he’s a great young man and I wish him the best. I think he will succeed. I think once they let him in the door, he’s never going to leave, I think he’s going to have a great career in the NFL,” Leonard told KFYR.

Gutierrez in May held a training camp from the Denver Broncos, but did not make the 53-man roster and was cut, according to

After signing with the Pats, the Beavers posted a message on Instagram congratulating the lineman.

The Patriots are 1-3 and fourth in the AFC East behind the New York Jets.

TJ Macías is a real-time national sports reporter for McClatchy based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. TJ previously covered the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers for numerous media outlets, including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated). Twitter: @TayloredSiren