Athlete of the Week Archive

Sept. 18, 2006


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John Wendling

What is your favorite thing to do during your time away from football?
"My favorite thing to do during my time off is playing and watching other sports, spending time with my friends and I enjoy being with my family."

Did you enjoy growing up in Rock Springs?
"Oh yeah, I've always enjoyed Rock Springs. It was a great place to grow up."

What are your feelings about your last season as a Wyoming Cowboy?
"It's tough you know; tough to deal with. It's a little depressing I think because it's going to be tough to say goodbye to War Memorial and the University of Wyoming, but it's also exciting because I know that there is a lot of things ahead of us this year and we have a lot of potential and expectations for ourselves as a team."

What is it like being a part of the Wyoming Cowboy football program?
"It's like a day at the park when you're a little kid; being around all your best friends, it's just hard to explain. It's a feeling that's tough to find and when it is there, it's just unbelievable. It's great to be around everybody; the coaches, players, friends and family. It's an incredible feeling."

Where did you get your incredible ability to jump?
"I think as a kid I always enjoyed jumping. It was something I enjoyed doing; especially lowering the hoop a little bit and having a dunk contest with my friends. Reflecting back on that, we were always doing stuff like that; anything that involved some aspect of jumping."

Did you ever participate in the track and field aspect of jumping?
"I did do track. I did the long jumps, triple jumps and high jump. I had terrible form in the high jump. I never could get that one down. I definitely had the leaping ability, but I just couldn't the form down. But track really helped develop that and obviously the training programs with football."

Are you an indoor person or an outdoor person?
"I'm definitely an outdoor person. I love the fishing and the hunting aspects the outdoors and pretty much everything that the state of Wyoming has to offer."