Detroit Lions safety John Wendling
|No. 29, 21|
|Safety / Special teamer|
|Date of birth:June 4, 1983|
|Place of birth: Cody, Wyoming|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 184|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Buffalo Bills ( 2007– 2009)|
|Career highlights and awards|
| * 4× Academic All-MWC (2003–2006)
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
John Wendling (born June 4, 1983) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wyoming.
Wendling redshirted as a freshman in 2002. In his redshirt freshman season, he played on special teams, ending up with two blocked kicks. During his sophomore redshirt season 2004, Wendling led the Cowboys in tackles with 89, and garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He also had a huge game against Air Force, making 11 tackles and breaking up two passes in a 43-26 victory over Air Force, eventually to be named MWC Defensive Player of the Week. Wendling also succeeded in his junior season, and once again earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.
Wendling signed with the Detroit Lions on August 27, 2010.
Wendling's contract ran out following the 2013 season and he was not re-signed by the Lions. He is still a free agent.
Wendling's wife suggested that he grow out a mullet while watching a Colorado Rockies baseball game in which one of the players donned the prolific hairstyle. Wendling's teammate Reggie Bush referred to him as "Joe Dirt" due to Wendling's resemblance to David Spade's character in the 2001 comedy film by the same name.