NFL punter Jon Ryan retires at age 42

Jon Ryan (Mike Morris, Wikimedia Commons)

National Football League punter Jon Ryan of Regina, Saskatchewan retired from professional football on Tuesday according to Priya Bhat of CBC News on Wednesday. Ryan played 12 seasons in the National Football League from 2006 to 2017. He was with the Green Bay Packers from 2006 to 2007, and for 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks from 2008 to 2017.

Ryan, who retired as a Seattle Seahawk after signing a one-day contract, also spent five seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for two seasons in 2004 and 2005, the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two seasons in 2019 and 2021, and one season with the Edmonton Elks in 2022.

Ryan had 914 punts in the NFL for 40833 punting yards. He won one Super Bowl. He was part of the Seahawks team that beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey in Super Bowl XLVIII. Ryan had one punt for 45 yards. The Seahawks team was explosive that day and simply did not need to punt the football.

Ryan was selected in the third round, 24th overall, by the Blue Bombers in the 2004 CFL Draft out of the University of Regina. In his second CFL season of 2005, he was a CFL All-Star. Ryan had 118 punts for 5967 punting yards, along with 12 singles.

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