John Albert "Socko" Wiethe (October 17, 1912 – May 3, 1989) was an early all-around sports star in football, baseball and basketball. He played professional American footballguard/linebacker in the National Football League. He played four seasons for the Detroit Lions (1939–1942). He also briefly played in the National Basketball League during the late 1930s, and also played independent pro baseball. He later coached both football and then basketball at the University of Cincinnati. In later years, he was also active in local Cincinnati politics as a Democrat.