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Seahawks punter Jon Ryan laughs off broken nose: “I’m too dumb to feel pain.”


The pain has subsided but the bruises remain for Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan after his failed fourth down run following a low snap in the first quarter of last Sunday’s playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Ryan suffered a broken nose after an attempt to leap over Vikings linebacker Jason Trusnick and Seahawks cornerback Deshawn Shead went awry and ended with Ryan’s face planted on the turf of frigid TCF Bank Stadium. The roof of Ryan’s helmet slammed down upon impact and fractured Ryan’s nose.

“It’s one of those plays you hope never happened,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “Low snap, and I believe when I got up there I think if I would have kicked it, it would have been blocked. That was the right decision. It opened up and you just got to trust your instincts. As an athlete, you never second guess your instincts. My instincts were to run it up the middle. Then when it closed off I did my best hurdling attempt.

“Maybe run left, run right would have worked better. But as I tell all the Monday morning quarterbacks, this isn’t Madden. I couldn’t just press L2 and jump outside. I’m a middle-aged white guy. It doesn’t quite work that way.”

Ryan said it was a clean break and as soon as they set it back in place it didn’t hurt anymore.

“And I’m too dumb to feel pain too, I think, is the other half of that,” Ryan quipped.

Ryan’s brother also couldn’t resist the opportunity to mock him, comparing his post-injury look to Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction.

Ryan has had some memorable moments in the playoffs the last two years. His touchdown pass to tackle Garry Gilliam in last year’s NFC Championship helped begin Seattle’s rally against the Green Bay Packers.

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20 Responses to “Seahawks punter Jon Ryan laughs off broken nose: “I’m too dumb to feel pain.””
  1. brewcrewchamps says: Jan 13, 2016 11:30 PM

    I laughed all the way through the article. He’s hilarious

  2. pemory says: Jan 13, 2016 11:39 PM

    Not a Hawks fan, but I thought it was awesome to watch him try for the first down.

  3. smash2289 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:48 PM

    Never felt the need to comment on this site before. This guy is awesome. Knows he is living the dream

  4. smash2289 says: Jan 13, 2016 11:49 PM

    And as a bronco fan I hate the Seahawks. But I think it’s ok to root for the punter of a team you dislike right?

  5. dubblelznhell says: Jan 14, 2016 12:34 AM

    Good to see a kid from Regina experience the level of success that has come his way.

  6. jmethane says: Jan 14, 2016 12:52 AM

    Well he IS an American ninja warrior after all. The ginga ninja!

    I am sure his next attempt on that show will be better than his first! Although he does seem to be a little bit top heavy to be good at all that Cliff hanging stuff.

  7. cdace13 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:53 AM

    Awesome Pulp Fiction reference by his brother. Good stuff!

  8. unbridledsexy says: Jan 14, 2016 1:06 AM

    For a punter this guy is pretty cool. He knows what he is and doesn’t care. Love it.

  9. cribbage12 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:32 AM

    Interesting. Most Vikings fans don’t feel pain either.

  10. orangehigh says: Jan 14, 2016 1:57 AM

    “I’m a middle aged white guy. It doesn’t work that way”

    So he believes if he were black he would have had it. Sorry dude, you’re just a punter, white or black.

  11. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:18 AM

    In reality this is one of the football players that gets it. He tried out for American ninja warrior this last year are is married to a professional comic and is always having fun at practice. This is easily one of the Seahawks fan favorites he’s flat out a cool dude. I knew immediately after the play he broke his nose.

    – Go hawks!

  12. nicopenelope says: Jan 14, 2016 2:39 AM

    Thanks Packers, for not resigning this tough punter.

  13. unclebirdman says: Jan 14, 2016 4:26 AM

    “I couldn’t just press L2 and jump outside…”

    This dude is hilarious! I’m a Jon Ryan fan for life now.

  14. streetyson says: Jan 14, 2016 5:56 AM

    Untroubled by a broken nose? Hmm, something doesn’t smell right…

  15. nokoolaid4thiscowboy says: Jan 14, 2016 6:21 AM

    Old school football right there.

  16. whodey83 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:20 AM

    You’re not an athlete.

  17. seabrawk12 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    Gotta love Jon Ryan.

    Go HAWKS

  18. dohczeppelin says: Jan 14, 2016 10:23 AM

    “This isn’t Madden… I’m a middle aged white guy.”

    Hilarious. I’m generally ambivalent about the Seahawks but this guy just moved them up a notch in my book.

  19. trozenfundra says: Jan 14, 2016 11:02 PM

    nicopenelope says:
    Jan 14, 2016 2:39 AM
    Thanks Packers, for not resigning this tough punter.
    I totally forgot he once was a Packer. Even though he’s now with the Seasquawks I still like him. That busted play was one of the best plays of the game. You hate to see a guy hurt that way but it was just a nose and man, was I hoping he’d make that first down. The guy’s a gamer. Total respect.

  20. wegotsomedogs says: Jan 16, 2016 3:24 PM

    Despite the broken nose, Ryan went on to play the rest of the game and was the holder on our go-ahead field goal. Dude is a stud.

    We wouldn’t have beaten GB in NFC Championship game last year w/o his awesome trick play for a TD.

    Rock on, Jon Ryan!

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