Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Seahawks All Access I started this after the “Canada Day” Seattle Seahawks game but never got around to finishing it, all I managed to accomplish was the title.  The reason why I chose Jon Ryan to be the subject of this piece was two fold. First, he’s Canadian so he seemed to be the perfect subject following Canada Day at CenturyLink and second, he became this first punter since 1946 to average 60-yards per punt in a game (3 punts minimum). When I think of punters and kickers I think of small guys.  Usually they are the only people in an organization who are smaller than the teams ball boy. Usually they are about as athletic as a program designer at Microsoft or an engineer at Boeing (had to give a little love to the local companies), but not Jon Ryan, at 6’0″ 216 pounds he is not your typical punter. In high school Jon was Sheldon-Williams Collegiate High School’s running back, kicker and punter. Of course, when you attend a high school that currently has 650 students enrolled, you will probably have to pick up some slack. Then, in college, he was the University of Regina’s (About the size of Eastern Washington University)  leading receiver as well as handling the teams punting duties. To further attest to his athleticism, he was fast enough to be a sprinter for Regina’s track team. Fast enough to be a sprinter. (Photo: Seahawks.com) After college, Ryan was drafted by the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as both a receiver and punter. After two season in the CFL he had gained the attention of NFL scouts. In January 2006, he signed with the Green Bay Packers and did very well. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, inconsistency lead general manager Ted Thompson to release Ryan and go in a different direction (Derrick Frost). That was on September 1, 2008, and the Seahawks signed him 8 days later.  Exactly three months after Jon’s release, the Packers released Derrick Frost and Ryan went on to have the NFL’s 9th best average per punt in his first season with the Seahawks. Jon Ryan has been one of the top ten most consistent punters in the NFL since joining the Seahawks. He struggled in 2010, but other than that season he has been one of the best. Tim Ruskell is not the most popular figures in Seattle sports history.  I would say he definitely one-upped one of the best general managers in the league when he signed the player that was too inconsistent for Ted Thompson. The Green Bay Packers have yet to find a punter as good as Jon Ryan. I guess they underestimated the power of a ginger! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Bret Bielema wanted Dolphins to draft Russell Wilson early

Nick Diaz apologizes to fans for skipping open workout

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

Should the Super Bowl be played on a Saturday?

Underwear company shows support for Marshawn Lynch

WATCH: WVU player flips opponent the double-bird

Five NFL players who could be cap casualties in 2015

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.