Seattle Seahawk Jon Ryan's family shares Super Bowl experience

Erica Honoway had butterflies in her stomach for most of Sunday.

Ryan's sister Erica Honoway headed to New York from Regina to watch her brother play

Seattle Seahawks' Jon Ryan, right, celebrates with kicker Steven Hauschka after the winning field goal against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Houston. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in yesterday's Super Bowl. (David J. Phillip/The Associated Press)

Erica Honoway had butterflies in her stomach for most of Sunday. 

The sister of Seattle Seahawk and former Regina Ram punter Jon Ryan was in East Rutherford, New Jersey to watch her brother take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The lead up to the biggest game in Ryan's life impacted her as well. A regular season game lasts about three hours and she would arrive shortly before kickoff, but she said the Super Bowl was different.

She was away from her New York City hotel room for 13 hours yesterday. That's a lot of time to worry and wonder, but once the game started, the anxiety eased.

"The game started and we were uptight," she told guest host of Saskatoon Morning Dan Kerslake. "As soon as we started to put up some points up on the board the tension released a little bit. By the second half, we were pretty calm."

When the final whistle blew, the Seahawks upset the Broncos 43-8. Ryan, who played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after his time with the Rams, made the jump to the NFL and punted for the Green Bay Packers. 

Post-game party

After the game, Honoway and her family met Ryan on the field.

"He just had this look of relief," she said. "I think they've had a couple stressful weeks in preparation and he looked just so, so happy and relived that all he was really saying was things like, 'so let's meet at the hotel. The party starts at midnight." 

And the party did start. Honoway didn't stay long at the crowded victory celebration but she said it was cool and capped off an exciting trip. 

"I thought maybe because it was such a big city they'd have several different things going on at once and maybe the Super Bowl wouldn't be as big of a deal as, for example, the Grey Cup being in Regina, but it was huge here," she said. "It was a really, really big deal and it was really fun to be here."