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Watch Seahawks Punter Jon Ryan Take On ‘American Ninja Warrior’

The self-proclaimed ‘Ginja Ninja’ challenges TV’s toughest competition, fails like all the rest

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Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan on 'American Ninja Warrior.'


Back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and one shiny ring to show for it? Jon Ryan isn’t satisfied.

The 33-year-old Seattle Seahawks punter put his athletic ability (yes, punters are athletes too) to the ultimate test Monday on the season premiere of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, the show in which contestants navigate their way around, over and through a seemingly endless series of obstacles for a shot at $1 million (in theory – no one’s actually won the grand prize through six seasons).

While Ryan made it past the first two obstacles with ease – striking a blow for his fellow punters in the process – his shot at glory was ultimately short-lived. With Seahawks teammates Jermaine Kearse and Derrick Coleman cheering him on, Ryan saw it all come crumbling down when he lost his footing on the tilting table 40 seconds into the competition.

Credit to Ryan for even giving it a shot – even if he didn’t get to watch his run on TV. At the very least, he can sleep well, knowing that he made it further than fellow NFLer (and fellow Super Bowl champion) Brendon Ayanbadejo. Or, you know, he can use it as motivation for next year, when the “Ginja Ninja” gets another shot at conquering Mt. Midoriyama and grabbing the $1 million prize.

And, hey, Ray Guy never even tried out.

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