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Clint Gresham: Needs more cornhole

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham talks camp life, locker room competitions, and recaps an interesting experience at the Pro Shop.

Camp has been great so far this year. The biggest difference between this year and last year is just the schedule has been different. We’re not getting home at 9:00 p.m. every night – some guys were getting home at 10:00 p.m. last year. I think the push toward player wellness has been a really positive thing for everybody. Obviously, if you take care of your players early on then that’s going to translate into wins later in the season. Guys are going to have their bodies in better shape longer, so that’s been amazing. That’s what I think has been the best part of camp so far.

We have some free time between practice, the special teams meeting, and then the evening walkthrough. I usually do a lot of reading, I’ll walk around the facility, and I’ll watch a lot of film – just trying to stay busy. Sometimes it can be a little bit like, ‘Man, I’ve got three hours to kill right now.’ So I’ll always go watch film or read, that kind of stuff.

Every now and then we play H.O.R.S.E. and cornhole at the facility and in the locker room. I’m disappointed to say cornhole hasn’t been played as much as it has been in the past. Last year, I owned everybody on this team. There was nobody that could beat me in cornhole, and everybody knew about it. Golden [Tate] was afraid to play me in cornhole because he didn’t want to give up his belt. Bless his heart, he wants to hold on to that thing. We need to get some more cornhole going. Actually, what we need to bring in here is ladder ball. I think we need to change things up. Guys are getting way too serious around here.

And Golden, he claims he’s the ping-pong champion of the team and says that I won’t meet him on the table, but the thing is – I play real sports. I’ve challenged Golden in foosball, and Golden only wants to play things that he knows he can win. It’s too funny. Bless his heart, we don’t want to do anything to shake him, so I’ll let him beat me in whatever he wants to challenge me in and when he doesn’t want to play me in foosball then my 2,800 Twitter followers will find out about it.

I went into the Pro Shop the other day with coach Carroll’s friend Jake Olson, who was here with the team last week. He actually stayed at our house. He’s a great kid. He said to me, ‘Hey, Gresh. I’m going to go in there and ask them for your jersey.’ So he’s holding on to my shoulder the whole time, and we walk in together and I’m standing right next to him. I’ve got my Seahawks bag on, my Seahawks hat on, my name is on my bag, and Jake says to the guy at the counter, ‘Hey, do you guys have the Clint Gresham jersey?’ And the guy says, ‘No, we sure don’t.’ And I’m just thinking, ‘What the heck?’ I thought about introducing myself right then and there, but I didn’t. I guess it’s a good thing when you don’t know who your long snapper is – that means they’re doing their job. People only know who the long snapper is when the ball goes sailing over the punter’s head.