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Jon Ryan

Jon Ryan holding for a Mason Crosby field goal
No. 9     Seattle Seahawks
Personal information
Date of birth: November 26, 1981 (1981-11-26) (age 28)
Place of birth: Regina, Saskatchewan
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
University: Regina
CFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 24
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2007
Punts     144
Punt Yards     6,403
Punting Yard Average     44.5
Stats at

Jonathan Robert Ryan (born November 26, 1981 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is an American football punter for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as an NFL undrafted free agent in 2004, after being selected in the Canadian College Draft. He played college football at Regina.

Ryan has also played for the Green Bay Packers.


Early years

Ryan attended Sheldon-Williams Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he played as running back, placekicker and punter on the school's football team. He then subsequently played for the University of Regina Rams.

Professional career


Winnipeg Blue Bombers

In 2004, Winnipeg selected Ryan in the Canadian College Football draft in the 3rd Round, 24th Overall as a WR/Punter out of Regina. That year Ryan finished second in the league in punting average to Noel Prefontaine and ended with a longest punt of a whopping 92 yards. [1] Winnipeg fans immediately took a liking to Ryan, and would come out to watch his spectacular punts.

During the 2005 season, Ryan lead the league with a 50.6 yard average, while punting the most out of all league punters, 118 times. NFL talk buzzed around Ryan's future, while midway through the year, there was also speculation that Ryan may take over the kicking duties as well from aging veteran Troy Westwood. It was also believed that Ryan was practicing field goals during the teams practices.

Green Bay Packers

In January 2006 he signed a contract with the NFL's Green Bay Packers. He is only the third Saskatchewan native to make it to the NFL (the other two being Arnie Weinmeister and Rueben Mayes).

During training camp in 2006 he found out his father, Bob, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he persevered through a tough season, which included punting in a game two days after his father's death. His teammates voted him as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2006 for his display of courage and sportsmanship, and for being an inspiration in the locker room.

On September 30, 2007 against the Minnesota Vikings he became the first Packers punter to rush for a first down since David Beverly did so against the Houston Oilers on December 14, 1980.[2] His rush attempt that resulted in a gain of 7 yards came on a fake punt that was originally intended to be a pass, however, he did not hear the coaches call it off at the last minute.[3] He ran with the ball when he realized he had no one to throw to and ran into several of his blockers in the process because they did not know he was running with the ball.

On December 23, 2007 Ryan had two of his punts blocked by the Chicago Bears, including one that was returned for a touchdown. He also had a nine yard punt during the game and bobbled a snap on another that lead to a turnover on downs. Before this, the Packers went 929 punts without a blocked punt, dating back to September 11, 1995.

On December 30, 2007 during a 34-13 victory over the Detroit Lions, Ryan kicked a 72-yard punt in the fourth quarter, the longest punt at Lambeau Field since 1965.[4] The punt tied for the longest in franchise history - set by Sean Landeta September 20, 1998 at Cincinnati. [5]

During the 2007 season, Ryan posted a net average of 37.6 yards, 12th in the NFL and the finest in Green Bay since 1969. His gross mark of 44.4 was the fourth-best in club history.[6]

Ryan was released by the Packers on September 1, 2008, a move that was considered by many Packer fans to be a mistake and bewildering as Ryan boasted the best punting statistics the team had seen in years.[7]

Seattle Seahawks

• 2008-2009
Following Week 1 of the 2008 regular season, Ryan signed with the Seattle Seahawks on September 9. In Week 8 against the San Francisco 49er's, he kicked a 63 yd punt, a 60 yd punt and a 55 yd punt. He had a great 2008 season and finished with 78 punts averaging 45.6 yards.
• 2009-2010
In his Week 6 game of the 2009-2010 NFL season, he threw a 42 yard pass against the Arizona Cardinals to garner a 119 QB rating for the season. After the 2009/2010 Season Jon Ryan signed a six year $9.1 million dollar contract with $1.9 million guaranteed and $1.6 million in signing bonus. He was also named a Pro Bowl alternate for his fantastic 2009 season.


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Preceded by
Troy Westwood
Winnipeg Blue Bombers punters
Succeeded by
Troy Westwood
Preceded by
B. J. Sander
Green Bay Packers punters
Succeeded by
Derrick Frost
Preceded by
Ryan Plackemeier
Seattle Seahawks punters
Succeeded by


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