Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the dates that Clint Gresham played for TCU. He played at TCU from 2007 to 2009.
As the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl championship Sunday night, a TCU alumnus added his name to the growing list of former Frogs turned Super Bowl champions.
Seahawks deep snapper and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Clint Gresham played for TCU from 2007 to 2009.
“I had a great experience there,” Gresham said earlier this week. “TCU was awesome and the whole coaching staff there is great. “
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Gresham was picked up and eventually cut by the New Orleans Saints. He then made his way to Seattle where he was signed and eventually made the team’s starting deep snapper.
The Corpus Christi, Texas, native completed all eight of his snaps on special teams during the Super Bowl, in a game that started with a botched Denver snap to give the Seahawks an early 2-0 lead.
Seattle’s eventual 43-8 win over the Broncos makes it 17 total Horned Frogs with Super Bowl championship rings and four of those coming in the last eight years, according to TCU sports information director Mark Cohen.
Among the 17 champions are Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Bo Schobel and Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown, who won three titles as a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys.
Gresham is also the second TCU deep snapper to win a Super Bowl. Jared Retkofsky, who was a two-year letterman with the Frogs, was part of the Pittsburgh Steelers team that won Super Bowl XLIII.
25 former TCU players in total have played on a Super Bowl team, with five of those winning multiple titles in Brown, Tommy Joe Crutcher, Norm Evans, Bob Lilly and Michael Toudouze
TCU head coach Gary Patterson had a simple message for Gresham, his former player, on Twitter after the win.
— Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) February 3, 2014
While he may wear blue and neon green now, TCU’s latest champion will seemingly always bleed purple.
“I still have a lot of relationships with the coaches and teachers I had,” Gresham said. “It’s an awesome experience.”