The punter (and occasional runner and passer) hopes to win the $500,000 grand prize for his charity, named after his late father, Bob, with the money going for cancer research.
Jon Ryan, Ninja Warrior?
He was a runner and passer as well as Seattle’s punter last season, so why not?
Ryan will be a contestant on the show “American Ninja Warrior,” which debuts Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
In the video, Ryan discusses the differences in training to be a football player and to be on this show, which entails “more ninja-specific-type things,” as Ryan puts it. (Who knew?)
He also says it comes with a different type of nerves. “On the football field, I know what I’m doing,” he said. “Out here, I don’t know what I’m doing. So it’s a little bit different nerves.”
And what is a “Ninja Warrior”? As explained here: “The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city-qualifying and city-finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mount Midoriyama course in Japan.”
Ryan can only hope they throw a fake-field-goal competition into the mix.