(1090 The Fan) — Outside of football training, Seattle Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham has another big offseason job: wedding planning.
He and his fiance are getting married March 29.
“I’m super pumped. We’ve known each other for several years now,” Gresham told 1090 The Fan’s The Steve Sandmeyer Show. “I’m excited for this next chapter in life.”
His teammate, punter Jon Ryan, is also getting married. It’s a special teams unit that seems close. So just how do the guys stay calm and focused during a game where they aren’t playing every snap?
“Well Steve [Hauschka] brings out a Chinese checkers board, so we play that.” joked Gresham.
Gresham taught himself to long snap in his backyard, a skill he worked on developing because — he says with a laugh — he wasn’t a very good quarterback. Despite appearing light-hearted and humorous, he isn’t afraid to admit that recovering from a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss is difficult. He took some time away from social media and got out of town. Right now, he’s training in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It was a hard loss, but Gresham says he’s certain it will fuel the Seahawks moving forward.
Seattle fans have another big reason to be excited for the 2015 season: the team acquired star tight end Jimmy Graham in a shocking trade with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday.
“I think it’s an awesome move for the Seahawks. I came in with Jimmy in 2010 in New Orleans. He’s a great guy, a great teammate. He’s gonna add a lot to the team.”
Gresham, a free agent, still isn’t sure whether that 2015 roster will include him. He said there are several teams that are looking for snappers, and his agent is speaking with other teams. “Hopefully we can work out a deal in Seattle,” he said. “I’ve spent my career here and I love the city. But it’s kind of part of the game.”
While his future with the Seahawks is uncertain for the time being, Gresham is proud he was a part of the 2014 squad. Seattle came just short of bringing home the Lombardi Trophy for a second consecutive year, but the story of its journey to Super Bowl XLIX was phenomenal.
“I think about what [we] did this past year, starting out three-and-three. I was having people giving me text messages talking about the odds of making it to the playoffs. And about midway through the season we just caught hold of something. And to see it turn around the way that it did was incredibly special. Hopefully I can come back and be a part of that all again, because what they got there is an incredible program.
But it was one of the coolest past few months of my life — obviously not ending the way that we wanted it to — but still, to be a part of something like that is incredible.”
Listen to the entire interview below: