Regina native Jon Ryan ‘back for more’ with hometown Roughriders

Regina native Jon Ryan is rejoining the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 2021 season.

Ryan tweeted: “back for more” with four watermelon emojis Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old 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. He was named a West Division all-star for his efforts. It was his first season with his hometown team.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers originally selected Ryan in the third round, 24th overall, of the 2004 CFL draft. Ryan handled the punting duties for two seasons, leading the league 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 Riders have their beloved punter back in green and white.

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