ROCK SPRINGS — Plenty of Rock Springs Tiger football opponents were left in the dust when John Wendling found the edge of the team’s option offense.
John was a star on the field and in the classroom, a three-way, all-state performer in the Tigers 2001 state championship run, and now he can add Hall of Fame to his impressive career.
Wendling joins 10 other inductees tomorrow night at the 2018 Rock Springs High School Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony taking place at the Sweetwater County Events Complex.
The ceremony is open to the public, and tickets are available at the high school, Central Administration Building on Foothill Blvd and Bi-Rite Drug.
In association with Tanner Family Dentistry, SweetwaterNOW brings you the final profile of its series honoring the 2018 inductees.
John Wendling grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming and is the oldest son of Randy and Carol Wendling and brother to Beau Wendling.
John was part of 2001 undefeated state football championship team. He also lettered in both basketball and track all three years of High School while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
John was the recipient of the National Football Foundation’s scholar athlete award for the State of Wyoming.
He went on to receive a full ride athletic scholarship, for football, from the University of Wyoming.
Hometown Hero, UW Star
As a member of the Wyoming Cowboys from 2002-2006, John played Safety and was a part of the Las Vegas bowl championship team and received Academic All-Conference Honors, Mountain West first team All-Conference, ESPN’s 2nd Team Academic All-American Team.
He was also selected as one of 17 national collegiate athlete finalists for the National Football Foundation’s Draddy award, for all divisions of college football awarding athletes with combined athletic and academic performance.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance.
The NFL Came Calling
After college, John was selected 184th overall in the 6th round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.
He was a part of the Bills for the ’07, ’08, and ’09 seasons under Dick Jauron where he played Safety and special teams. After suffering a knee injury in the ’09 season he was released by the Bills.
After rehabbing his knee injury, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions and played there for four seasons, 2010-2013 under Jim Schwartz.
During his time in Detroit he was selected as an alternate to NFL Pro Bowl and also selected as a team Captain for the ’12 and ’13 seasons.
Life on the Farm
After seven seasons in the NFL, John retired from football and embarked on a career as a dry land wheat farmer.
Currently, John is living in Chugwater, Wyoming with his Wife Angela and three children Gage (5), Allie (3), and Reed (1).
He raises organic wheat alongside his father-in-law Rob and his wife’s family farm.
Angela’s family has three generations of farming experience in Southeastern, Wyoming and their family, Hellbaum Farms, will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2018.