Former TCU long snapper Clint Gresham starring in Seattle

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It sounds too good to be true, like a made-for-DVD movie: A TCU long snapper — a position defined by anonymity — goes to Seattle and becomes a star.

Believe it or not, it happened just like that.

Clint Gresham, in his fourth season with the Seahawks, got an idea in July to make a DVD about his faith. He, three teammates and two coaches star in the 15-minute film, which was shot during training camp.

The Making of a Champion will be distributed to 30,000 fans at the Seahawks’ Oct. 13 home game. It later will be posted online at http://makingofachampion.org/.

The finished product arrived Thursday, and Gresham posted a picture on Facebook of the dozens of boxes containing the DVDs. Gresham has viewed the finished product, and the Seahawks will have a private screening Oct. 11.

“It is really, really well done, and it’s all about what is the making of a champion,” Gresham said in a phone interview. “We, as players, have reached the pinnacle. We’ve reached the height of football. I wanted to highlight guys who are not only good at their jobs but who lead their families well and are good in the community.

“You hear so much about players and DUIs and domestic abuse and all this negativity. We want to send a message to the young people of America that that is not what is going to satisfy. We want to put a positive image out there.

“We talk about our faith in Christ, so it’s about football and faith.”

It was a film by Brazilian soccer star Ricardo Kaka that gave Gresham the idea. Kaka documented his testimony in a DVD that was distributed by Jarrod Davidoff, whom Gresham met this summer.

“I wanted to do something like that for the city of Seattle,” Gresham said.

Gresham and the others in the film, including teammates Chris Maragos, Russell Wilson and Russell Okung, paid for the film. It wasn’t cheap, Gresham said, but if he changes even one life, it will pay for itself.

“We want to change the world, and you change the world by changing individuals,” Gresham said. “If we can reach one person, and one person says to himself, ‘This is something that spoke to me,’ that would just about make me cry.”

Gresham said he’s been recognized 10 times around Seattle the last couple of weeks. He can expect even more recognition after the film’s release.

“The city of Seattle is so fired up about the Seahawks, so that definitely makes exposure of our film a lot more possible,” Gresham said.

New Dat?

New Orleans is partying like it’s 2009, with the Saints off to a 3-0 start. But these Saints have earned the nickname “New Dats” for their improved play on defense.

A year after giving up an NFL single-season record of 7,042 yards, the Saints rank fourth in total defense. They are allowing only 295.7 yards per game. They rank fifth in scoring defense, giving up 12.7 points per game.

Who Dat?

“I think we had a real good off-season, a real good training camp,” starting inside linebacker David Hawthorne said in a phone interview. “We kind of saw things coming together for us. Could we have predicted this? No, but I really do think a lot of us felt like we were going to have the potential to have a really good defense.”

Rob Ryan is doing in New Orleans what he didn’t do in Dallas. Despite losing six key defenders before the season started, Ryan has turned around the Saints’ defense with players like Cam Jordan, Akiem Hicks, Junior Galette and Kenny Vaccaro.

“He’s definitely a players’ coach,” said Hawthorne, a product of Corsicana High and TCU. “He keeps everything exciting for us. It was definitely a changeup. He’s one of those guys who wants to do everything in his power to prepare us and to keep the game fun for us. He does a good job of that, and we’ve done a good job of buying into that.”

The Saints held Arizona to 247 total yards last week, the fewest they have allowed since Minnesota gained only 207 against New Orleans in a Dec. 18, 2011, game.

“We can be better for sure,” said Hawthorne, who has 13 tackles. “We can definitely improve. We know we have a lot more to accomplish. We aren’t satisfied.”

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