Seahawks punter Jon Ryan returned to Regina this offseason to offer tips to local youth.
Ryan joined fellow kickers Troy Westwood (a teammate of Ryan’s with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004 and 2005) and Jeff Reed (a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers) on June 22 at the Regina Rams practice field to offer tips to local youth interested in improving their kicking skills.
“I don’t feel obligated to do it. It’s something I want to do,” Ryan told the Regina Leader Post’s Rob Vanstone when asked about community involvement.
“Growing up, my brother and I went to virtually every sports camp in Regina, like touch football camps and hockey camps. To be in the position I’m in, where I can help kids move on or even have fun for the weekend, it’s a fun opportunity.”
According to Vanstone Ryan began holding the kicking camp shortly after joining the Green Bay Packers as a free agent in 2006. Ryan has been punting for the Seahawks since 2008.
In addition to the kicking camp the Regina-born Seattle Seahawks punter played host to the inaugural Jon Ryan Charity Golf Classic June 20 at the Wascana Golf and Country Club in his hometown of Regina.
The golf tournament benefits the Bob Ryan Scholarship foundation.
Jon Ryan, his brother Steve (a University of Regina Rams 2007 graduate) created the scholarship in their father’s name.
The Bob Ryan Scholarship has been created to not only help alleviate the financial pressure of student athletes playing for the University of Regina Rams Football Club, but to also help those in need of support of cancer care and treatment at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.
Jon Ryan’s football career:
Signed by Seattle as a free agent on September 9, 2008.
NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Originally signed by Green Bay as a free agent on February 1, 2006. Spent two years in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2004-05. • Seattle’s all-time leader in punting average (45.2) and set a club record in the 2011 season opener at San Francisco (9/11) with a 77-yard boot. Also set club records in 2011 for highest average in a season (46.6), net average for a season (36.8), and tied for most punts downed inside the 20 in a season (34).
• Has recorded 483 career punts for 21,713 yards (45.0 avg.) with 146 punts inside the 20.
• In 2009, ranked 4th in the NFC (7th NFL), while setting a career high in gross average (46.2). Also set career highs in net average (38.7) and punts inside the 20 (28).
• Set a career-high with six punts inside the 20 vs. San Francisco (12/6/09) and at Chicago (10/17/10).
In 2003, led Canadian college punters with a 45.9-yard average. Was named firstteam All-Canadian and Canada West all-star. Also played flanker for the Regina Rams and caught a 109-yard touchdown pass as a sophomore.