Clint Gresham’s first film-making project turned out so well that he wants to branch out.
The Seattle Seahawks long snapper said this week that The Making of a Champion, a faith-based, 15-minute film featuring him, three teammates and two coaches, has spurned interest from other teams and other sports.
“I’ve been talking with other professional teams,” said Gresham, who played at TCU. “I’ve been talking with some people with the Golden State Warriors, and a couple of teams in the Bay Area that want to do something similar to that. Eventually, my goal would be to do it with every NFL team. We have this thing called Pro Athlete Outreach, so I’m going to talk about that at the conference we have for Christian players around the NFL, talking about how they can do that in their own cities.”
Gresham, in his fourth season with the Seahawks, came up with the idea in July to make a DVD about his faith. He garnered support from several teammates, and the film was shot during training camp.
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The DVD, which was financed by those starring in it, was distributed to 28,000 fans at the Seahawks’ Oct. 13 home game. The film received 250,000 views the first week it was online and now has almost 400,000 views.
“It’s been so cool to have a dream and put the whole thing together and now all of a sudden, it’s this huge deal,” Gresham said.
Marshawn Lynch made it through his three required interview sessions without losing $100,000. He spoke for several minutes Thursday, answering 14 questions.
He drew laughter when he was asked what stood out about the Broncos’ defense.
“What’s his name? Pot Roast,” Lynch said, referring to defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. “Big boy.”
Lynch also shared his initial impression of Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable, the Raiders former head coach.
“Well, being from Oakland, all I knew about him was that he punched people,” Lynch said. “That’s my type of person.”
Lynch did not speak to the media until the playoffs when the league fined him $50,000. The fine was suspended when he agreed to adhere to the league’s media access policy, with the NFL threatening a $100,000 fine the next time he refuses to talk.
Standard NFL contracts require players to follow the league’s media access policy, which is a minimum of one open-locker interview session a week in-season and after all games.
Gase staying put
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase received interest from Minnesota and Cleveland. In fact, the Browns appeared ready to hire Gase as their head coach before he even interviewed.
But Gase, who, at 35, is 2 years younger than Peyton Manning, doesn’t regret putting off his chance to move up the coaching ranks.
“I didn’t really think about it until it came up this year,” said Gase, who was promoted after Mike McCoy left to become San Diego’s head coach after last season. “It just wasn’t the right time as far as the timing with us coming here and the focus that I wanted for this game. Whenever that comes about, then I’ll worry about it, but right now, it’s just such on the back burner for me.”
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell received interest from the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn interviewed with the Vikings and Browns. Both will return to Seattle in 2014.