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John Wendling
FS #29
Height:
6-1
Weight:
222
College:
Wyoming
Hometown:
Rock Springs, Wyo.
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 110 147 114 33 0 0 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2013 DET 16 14 10 4 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 16 29 23 6 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 DET 16 25 20 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 DET 16 30 22 8 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 BUF 16 26 19 7 0 -- 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2008 BUF 16 13 10 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 BUF 14 10 10 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions August 27, 2010.
  • Waived by the Buffalo Bills February 16, 2010.
  • Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2007.

2011: Back-up safety and standout on special teams. Third in the league with 15 special teams tackles on the season, including at least 1 in 10 of the team’s 15 games.

  • Register special teams tackle in first quarter in the team's 27-20 victory at Tampa Bay (9/11) as he saved a potential touchdown on a Buccaneer long kickoff return. Defense would not allow a first down and forced a field goal.
  • Garnered two special teams tackles in the Lions 48-3 win over Kansas City (9/18) in the home opener.
  • Started at strong safety vs. Chicago (10/10) and had three tackles in the Lions 24-13 win.
  • Saw time at safety with injuries to Louis Delmas and Chris Harris and made 3 tackles at Oakland (12/18).

2010: Backup safety who led NFL in with 24 special teams tackles. Had a special teams tackles in 12 of 16 games. Played in all 16 games and also had 6 tackles (4 solo) on defense.

  • 24 special teams tackles are the most by a Lions player dating back to 1994 (according to Stats, Inc.).
  • One of only two NFL players in 2010 (Dolphins S Jonathon Amaya) to register 4 special teams tackles in two separate games.
  • Recorded a team-best 3 special teams stops vs. Philadelphia (9/19).
  • Tied a career-best 4 special teams tackles at Minnesota (9/26).
  • Tied career-best 4 special team tackles against the New York Jets (11/7).
  • Recorded career-high 6 tackles (4 solo), along with one special teams tackles at Tampa Bay (12/19), as he saw extensive action as free safety replacing S Louis Delmas (injury) in first half.

2009: Appeared in all 16 games, totaling a career-best 26 tackles and grabbing his first career interception.

  • Got his first career interception against the New York Jets (10/16).
  • Tallied a season-high 4 tackles (3 solo) against the New York Jets (12/3).

2008: Played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams, finishing with 13 special teams tackles.

2007: Played in 14 games, collecting 10 tackles on special teams.

COLLEGE: Started 37 of 47 games during his career at Wyoming, finishing 10th in school history with 259 tackles (151 solo).

  • First-team All-MWC in 2006.
  • Named second-team All-America by College Football in 2006.
  • ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2006.

PERSONAL: Attended Rock Springs (Wyo.) High School.

  • Won the Class 5A State Championship and went undefeated his senior year.
  • Named All-State as a senior at running back, defensive back, and as a return specialist.
  • Won the State Championship his junior year in the long jump.

WENDLING'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS:

  • Tackles: 6 at TB 12/19/10
  • Interceptions: 1 at NYJ 10/16/09
  • Pass Defenses: 1 at NYJ 10/16/09
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Mia 12/9/07
  • Special Teams Tackles: 4 (3 times) Last vs. NYJ 11/7/10

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