NFL, CFL veteran and Regina native Jon Ryan: ‘I have no plans to retire’

Veteran NFL and CFL punter Jon Ryan wants to continue playing football.

“I have no plans to retire. If this coronavirus goes on for two or three more years then we’ll talk, but I definitely see myself suiting up in 2021,” Ryan told 620 CKRM radio in Regina.

Ryan signed a one-year contract extension to stay with his hometown Riders last February, but he’s currently set to become a CFL free agent in February 2021.

Ryan punted 107 times for 3,783 yards — 48.8-yard average — with a long of 77 yards while playing all 18 regular season games for Saskatchewan in 2019. He was named a West Division all-star for his efforts. It was the 38-year-old’s first season with his hometown team.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected Ryan in the third round, 24th overall, of the 2004 CFL draft. Ryan handled the punting duties for two seasons, leading the CFL with a 50.6-yard average in 2005.

NFL teams took notice of Ryan’s strong leg and Green Bay signed him to a contract. Ryan spent two seasons with the Packers. After that, Ryan moved on to Seattle for 10 seasons, including a Super Bowl championship in 2014 — the first person from Saskatchewan to win an NFL title.

During training camp in 2018, Ryan was released by Seattle. The Buffalo Bills signed Ryan but let him go less than two weeks later and he didn’t play the rest of that season. Ryan has punted 914 times in the NFL for 40,895 yards and a 44.7-yard average – with 311 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Regina native still has lots of pop in his leg.

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