The Cleveland Browns promoted former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small to the active roster from the practice squad and cut starting fullback Ray Agnew, the team announced.
Small was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, but was released by the Super Bowl champions.
It's been a long journey to the NFL for Small. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.
He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American playing fullback and linebacker.
Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker.
The 5-foot-9, 242-pounder rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.
Small worked out for the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons and visited the Browns prior to the NFL draft. Small also participated in the Ravens' local prospect day.