The Seattle Seahawks actually have one person who has played in Toronto’s Rogers Centre – punter Jon Ryan.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Ryan said he played in Canada’s college national championship at the former Toronto Sky Dome while at the University of Regina in 2000, and also played there twice against the Toronto Argonauts while a member of the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004 and 2005.
“When it opened it as like ‘The Thing,’” Ryan said about the Rogers Centre. “It was beautiful. But now, 25 years later, it’s not.”
Still, Ryan said he’s interested to see what an NFL field looks like inside the dome, because all three times he played there it was Canadian rules football with the longer field.
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“It’s such a big area because it’s made for baseball,” he said. “And American field is so much smaller, it’s almost going to look like a postage stamp down there.”
Ryan said he’ll have about 15 family and friends in attendance. His hometown of Regina is actually closer to Seattle (about 1,000 miles) than to Toronto (1,600 miles). Ryan said he was excited about the chance to play in his home country since the schedule came out earlier this year.
“It’s really kind of like a dream,” he said. “I thought it would always be a cool deal to play an NFL game in Canada.”
Cornerback Byron Maxwell said it was good to get his first, significant action at cornerback last week against Arizona. Asked whether he feels more comfortable on the outside or as a slot defender, Maxwell said he’s not choosy.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Maxwell said. “I just want to be on the field.”
More important, Maxwell said he understands that he still needs to bring his “A” game on special teams.
“It’s important,” Maxwell said. “I’m going to continue to do that. So, that’s what the team calls for – it calls for special teams and defense right now. So I have to strap up and do it.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson said that the team’s win on the road at Chicago two weeks ago helped give the Seahawks confidence that they can execute and down the stretch in order to close out a victory.
“Championship teams have to be able to win on the road,” Wilson said. “And have to be able to do great things when the game is on the line. And we have a long way to do that. We have to play the Buffalo Bills first, and that’s our championship game this week. We have to go 1-0 this week, and that’s our mentality.”
Safety Kam Chancellor has a new pal Ted that he’s carting around with him at the VMAC, similar to the stuffed teddy bear in the movie “Ted.” You can follow Ted’s adventure’s here.