Jon Ryan looks like my friend Dan. He looks like everyone's friend Dan. He is also the Seahawks punter, and quite a good one. He is from Saskatchewan. He dressed up as a punter for Halloween when he was little. He was the subject of a grassroots MVP campaign as a Packer. Sometimes he watches The Bachelor and tweets the word "butthole" three times in an hour:
If not for this black sensor bar every one would have seen this girls butt hole about 20 times. #KimmelOnTheBachelor— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) January 20, 2015
This has got to be the record 4 the most black sensor bars used on the Bachelor. I remember back in the day when they showed buttholes on tv— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) January 20, 2015
These girls that didn't get a rose are really wishing now that they had showed more butt hole.— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) January 20, 2015
Thank u @stp999 for having me on today and letting me use the word butt hole 10 times on live radio.— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) January 21, 2015
That is extremely good. Ryan's had a strong season of being extremely good on and off the field. He's a funny guy who's comfortable enough with his job to relax, self-deprecate and let the Internet know he's a person -- not a bad idea for a punter, whose contributions might otherwise go unnoticed by the casual fan.
Here's what Ryan showed us this season:
1. He gets restless when the Seahawks dominate preseason games and don't give him chances to punt:
Has anyone heard about that new NFL promotion where they pay u to watch football? It's called being the Seahawks punter. #AtLeastIGetToHold— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) August 16, 2014
2. He and his fiancee, comedian Sarah Colonna, gave Seahawks mascot Blitz all sorts of grief because his birdy tail looked like a penis one time:
Hey Blitz next time u cozy up to my gf put that "situation" back in ur pants. pic.twitter.com/zQYNY5dHAQ— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) November 10, 2014
Headed to Seattle for the game. Can someone tell Blitz to make sure and tuck before I get to the field?— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) January 10, 2015
3. He has a sense of humor about dropping the ball and surrendering a touchdown:
Sorry that I haven't tweeted much the past 2 weeks but every time I picked up my phone to tweet I dropped it . #funnybutitsnot— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) December 16, 2014
4. After Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka had a rough game, Ryan offered to take all haters out to the schoolyard and beat their asses:
If anyone out there wants to talk crap about our kicker who is one of the best in the game u can meet me at the swing set at recess to fight— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) December 22, 2014
5. He threw a touchdown pass and did the "Discount Double Check" in the damn NFC Championship Game:
6. ... and made a great face in the process:
Apparently I make a really terrible face when I throw footballs. Much better when I do interviews. pic.twitter.com/COtUheOzw9— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) January 19, 2015
(Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images)
It's actually uncanny how alike Ryan's 2013 botched-hold face and 2015 throwing-a-touchdown face are.
It takes something extra for a punter to earn the appreciation of the casual fan. Jon Ryan provides that something extra, and I appreciate it!