John Wendling
Detroit Lions safety John Wendling
No. 29, 21     
Safety / Special teamer
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-06-04) June 4, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Cody, Wyoming
Career information
College: Wyoming
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 184
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 2007 2009)
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Academic All-MWC (2003–2006)
  • 3× Honorable mention All-MWC (2003–2005)
  • First-team All-MWC (2006)
Total tackles     147
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     1
Interceptions     1
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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.

During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Wendling saw most of his playing time as a gunner on special teams. He led the Bills in special teams tackles in 2009, and also led the Lions in 2010.

College careerEdit

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.

College statisticsEdit

Defensive Stats
Year Games Tackles Assisted Tackles Interceptions Yds TD
2004 5 56 33 3 7 0
2005 3 0 0 3 2 0
2006 5 38 40 1 15 0
Total 13 94 73 7 24 0

Professional careerEdit

Buffalo BillsEdit

Wendling was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a contract with the team on July 24, 2007. He was waived on February 16, 2010.

Detroit LionsEdit

Wendling signed with the Detroit Lions on August 27, 2010.

Wendling was named a special teams Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC during the 2010 NFL season.[1]

Wendling's contract ran out following the 2013 season and he was not re-signed by the Lions.[2] He is still a free agent.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[3]


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