Joe Wendryhoski

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Joe Wendryhoski
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No. 54
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born:(1939-03-01)March 1, 1939
West Frankfort, Illinois
Died:November 6, 2008(2008-11-06) (aged 69)
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: West Frankfort (IL)
College: Illinois
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Joseph Stanley "Joe" Wendryhoski (March 1, 1939 – November 6, 2008) was a professional American football player who played guard for five seasons in the National Football League.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

Wendryhoski was born on March 1, 1939 in West Frankfort, Illinois, where he attended Frankfort Community High School. He played college football at the University of Illinois from 1958 to 1961 and was voted all-Big Ten Conference in 1960. [1]

West Frankfort, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

West Frankfort is a city in Franklin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,182 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Metro Lakeland area.

Frankfort Community High School (FCHS) is a public high school located in West Frankfort, Illinois serving grades 9 through 12. The campus consists of 5 buildings: FCHS Main School Building, Max Morris Gymnasium, FCHS Vocational Building, Johnson Field, and the FCHS Weight Training Facility. The school's enrollments is approximately 605, with about 150 per grade. FCHS serves as the only local high school for the neighboring communities of Orient, Pershing, and Deering. Being an iconic symbol of the city for over ninety four years, the school still serves the community as the only High School.

Big Ten Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States, based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Despite its name, the conference consists of 14 members. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university.

At 6 feet (1.8 m), 2-inches tall and 245 pounds, Wendryhoski played center and offensive guard. [1] He was selected in the 1961 AFL draft by the New York Titans, but did not sign with the club; instead Wendryhoski played briefly for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League that season. After being out of football for a few years, the Chicago Bears picked him in the 1964 Draft, before trading him to the Los Angeles Rams. [2] He played three seasons (1964-66) for Los Angeles, appearing in a total of 31 games for the team. Left unprotected in the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft, he became an inaugural member of the New Orleans Saints. Wendryhoski anchored the Saints offense for two seasons (1967-68), playing every offensive snap as the starting center under head coach Tom Fears. He recovered a fumble for the Saints in 1968, the only fumble recovery of his career. [1] [2]

American Football League Professional football league that merged with National Football League in 1970

The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional American football league that operated for ten seasons from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the older National Football League (NFL), and became the American Football Conference. The upstart AFL operated in direct competition with the more established NFL throughout its existence. It was more successful than earlier rivals to the NFL with the same name, the 1926, 1936 and 1940 leagues, and the later All-America Football Conference.

The New York Jets are a professional American football team located in the New York metropolitan area. The Jets compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team is headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. In a unique arrangement for the league, the Jets share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The franchise is legally and corporately registered as New York Jets, LLC.

BC Lions Canadian football team based in Vancouver

The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Lions play their home games at BC Place.

Wendryhoski, along with several of his Saints teammates, appeared in the film Number One, which starred Charlton Heston as a fading New Orleans quarterback.

<i>Number One</i> (1969 film) 1969 American film drama by Tom Gries

Number One is a 1969 American film drama released by United Artists and directed by Tom Gries.

Charlton Heston American actor and guns rights activist

Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist.

After retiring from the Saints, Wendryhoski served as a vice president for the Saints Hall of Fame Museum (now located in the Louisiana Superdome) from its inception in 1988. Wendryhoski lived in Metairie, Louisiana, where he ran a real estate business, and also had a residence in Wisconsin. [3]

Metairie, Louisiana Census-designated place in Louisiana, United States

Metairie is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and is part of the New Orleans metropolitan area. With a population at the 2010 census of 138,481, Metairie is the largest community in Jefferson Parish and the fifth-largest CDP in the United States. It is an unincorporated area that would be Louisiana's fourth-largest city if it were incorporated. The zip codes that serve the community are 70001–70006.

He died at age 69 on November 6, 2008 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, after a brief battle with cancer. [2] [3]

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin Village in Wisconsin, United States

Twin Lakes is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 5,989 at the 2010 census. The village's name refers to the nearby Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Joe Wendryhoski Archived February 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine ., database Football. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  2. 1 2 3 Kider, Teddy. "New Orleans Saints' Matt Lehr happy to get a fresh start", The Times-Picayune , November 6, 2008.
  3. 1 2 Trahan, Ken. "Former Saint Joe Wendryhoski Passes Away", New Orleans Saints, November 6, 2008.