Ex-Falcons LB Prince Shembo asks teams for another chance

Free-agent outside linebacker Prince Shembo, who was waived by the Atlanta Falcons last year after being charged with killing his former girlfriend's Yorkshire terrier, is asking NFL teams for another opportunity.

The 2014 fourth-round draft pick from Notre Dame wrote a letter admitting to his mistakes and proclaiming himself to be a changed man. His agent, Eugene Lee, sent the letter to 12 teams with needs at outside linebacker.

"I thank Jesus Christ for what I went through because it truly opened my eyes," Shembo told ESPN.com. "I was able to grow."

Shembo had felony charges dropped in August 2015 after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. He was fined $1,000 and sentenced to community service after it was determined Shembo kicked the dog after the dog bit him.

"I knew I was wrong, and I shouldn't have reacted," Shembo said. "I was really impulsive. I tried to make amends with her. It was my fault. I take 120 percent responsibility for my actions, period."

Shembo met with the NFL in November 2015, and the league decided in the spring to suspend him for two games. His appeal to the league was denied last month.

Shembo has worked out for one undisclosed team since the incident. Prior to being drafted by the Falcons, he visited Green Bay, Houston, Dallas, New England and Jacksonville.

Entering the NFL, Shembo faced scrutiny following a college incident after being accused of inappropriately touching Lizzy Seeberg, a student at Notre Dame's sister school. Seeberg committed suicide less than two weeks after the alleged incident. Shembo was never charged in the case and maintained his innocence while also saying it was a "tragedy" to see Seeberg take her life.

Shembo, 24, played in all 16 games for the Falcons in 2014, including three starts. He had 59 combined tackles as a rookie.