The Seahawks have a bad-ass punter. How bad-ass? A national-television audience is about to find out.
Yes, Jon Ryan wants you to know he is no normal punter. Some evidence: his fake-field goal touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam started the Seahawks' comeback from 16-0 down in January's NFC championship Seattle ultimately rallied to win in overtime to advance to Super Bowl 49.
Now this: Monday, Ryan goes national with his offseason, full-body workouts on Monday, Memorial Day, when he appears on NBC's America Ninja Warrior competition program (8 p.m. Pacific Time, channel 5 in the Seattle-Tacoma area).
How many punters are ninjas?
Seven hundred competitors are vying for $1 million, and this first phase Ryan is in, running obstacles courses and the like, will determine who advances toward the national finals in Las Vegas. The national winner could get $500,000, which Ryan is hoping to win to give to his charity, The Bob Ryan Foundation for cancer research and sending Canadian kids to college. The foundation is named after his father who passed away a little less than a decade ago.
"A little bit different than the normal workout I'd be normally be doing this time of year," the native of Regina, Saskatchewan, tells the show, mentioning the many pull ups he's been doing.
"In football, I know what I'm doing. Out here I don't know what I'm doing."
When Ryan was training for American Ninja Warrior in Los Angeles in February, he tweeted pictures that impressive.
So impressive the NFL -- he said -- "randomly" tested him after the tweet to see if he'd been using performance-enhancing drugs.
Yes, a punter.
Here's more of Ryan at the event's competition site in advance of Monday's show: