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REGINA –The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national punter Jon Ryan, the team announced on Tuesday.
Ryan (6’0 – 217lbs) was born and raised in Regina and joins the club after an impressive 12-year career in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
Over his career, the 37-year-old played in 191 NFL games making 914 punts for 40,985 yards – 311 of which landed inside the 20-yard line. Ryan amassed a career average punt of 44.7 yards with a net average of 38.7 yards.
Ryan left the Seahawks the all-time leader in punts (770), gross average punts (44.9 yards) and net average punts (40.8 yards)
Ryan has a couple of NFL firsts to his name over his professional career. In 2014, Ryan became the first person from Saskatchewan to win the Super Bowl when the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos. During the 2014-15 NFL playoffs, Ryan became the first punter throw a touchdown pass in an NFL playoff game and the first Canadian to do so since 1993.
Prior to his NFL career, Ryan played two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004 and 2005. He was named an all-star in 2005 after leading the league with a 50.6 yard punting average.
Ryan attended Sheldon Williams Collegiate in Regina before moving on to the University of Regina where he was both a punter and wide receiver with the Rams from 2000-2003. After his fourth season, Ryan took home several team awards including top special team player, leading scorer, and was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player.