Punter Ryan sheds light on his football future
Canadian punter Jon Ryan, who played two seasons in the Canadian Football League before winning a Super Bowl during a 12-year NFL career, reiterated that he wants to return to Canada and as many as four teams are in the mix for his services.
"I love it too much," Ryan told CTV Regina's Darrell Romuld on Tuesday. "I love playing it, I love the practices and the games - everything about it. I want to continue it and I want to return to the CFL."
Ryan, who played with the Blue Bombers during his CFL career and the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in the NFL, tweeted last week about his desire to play in the CFL and also took part in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' pro camp in Florida over the weekend.
"It went well," he said. "I think more than anything it was a chance for us to feel each other out, check out the coaching staff and how they ran things around there. I was very impressed with what they're doing there and I think they're going in the right direction."
While Ryan weighs out his options - which includes punting at the Toronto Argonauts' mini-camp this Friday - the Regina native is enticed by the idea of playing in his hometown.
"I grew up going to Rider games," he said. "I remember going to Labour Day games as early as 1985, 1986. My dad had season tickets from 1990 until the day I was drafted in 2004. That team has always been near and dear to my heart and it would mean a lot to play there."
Ryan, 37, has been out of football since being released the Buffalo Bills ahead of the 2018 regular season. He joined the Bills after being cut by the Seahawks during the pre-season. Ryan played two seasons in Green Bay before spending the next 10 years of his career with the Seahawks, helping them win Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
Over his 12 NFL seasons, Ryan made 914 punt attempts with a 44.7 yard average.