‘Guess what? I’m a Roughrider’: Jon Ryan to don green and white

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Jon Ryan, a Regina native, as the team’s new punter.

Ryan most recently played for the Seattle Seahawks for 10 seasons, before being released by the team in 2018. He then signed with the Buffalo Bills in August 2018, but was released a couple of weeks later.

He started his professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2004-05) after being selected in the Canadian College Draft.

Before heading to the Seahawks, he spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Ryan was a CFL all-star in 2005 and earned a Super Bowl ring with Seattle following the team’s 43-8 win over Denver on Feb. 2, 2014, making Ryan the first player from Saskatchewan to capture a Super Bowl title.

The former University of Regina Ram is a “life-long fan” of the Riders and for him to play on the team is what his family has been hoping for, according to his sister, Erica Honoway.

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“Jon has been a Roughrider fan his entire life, from when he was a little boy, a big Bobby Jurasin fan, he had season tickets when he was just little, and now here he is a Roughrider,” said Honoway.

“He’s been a fan for as long as he can remember, like a lot of little Saskatchewan boys looking up to the Riders, so having this big career in the NFL has been absolutely amazing, and for that to be done and to get to play for his hometown team that he’s been a fan of for so long, is so exciting and means so much to him.”

“The text he sent our family was, ‘Guess what? I’m a Roughrider,’ and we were so excited,” she said.

Ryan posted a tweet Monday night, in what appeared to be an announcement of his return to the team.

His wife Sarah also shared her excitement on social media for her husband’s signing with the team.

Honoway said Ryan’s family is “looking into season tickets,” and is ready to support Ryan and the team for the 2019-20 season.

“It’s going to be so much fun to have our family at the games. Our kids are so excited, they’re big football fans. They’ve been watching football every Sunday for their entire lives, and they adore their uncle, they look up to him,” she said.

“He’s taught them to have big dreams and to shoot for the stars.”

The team announced on Tuesday that Josh Bartel, the team’s former punter has been released from the team.

Bartel played in the CFL for six seasons, four with the Roughriders. In 2018, the 34-year-old made 122 punts for 4,995 yards in the regular season and five punts for 207 yards in the playoffs.

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