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Roger Wehrli


Roger Russell Wehrli

Inducted 2003

Date of Birth



New Point, MO


University of Missouri (1966-1968)


Missouri's Roger Wehrli was a fast, hard-hitting defender who had a quick first step to the football. Like Johnny Roland, Wehrli was a gifted athlete who was assigned to defense by Missouri coach Dan Devine. Despite playing on defense, Wehrli was still able to get his hands on the ball often enough to be an offensive threat. Roger had ten career interceptions with seven coming in his senior season. He also returned both kickoffs and punts. In 1968, his 40 punt returns and 12-yard return average led the nation. At the time of his induction he still held school records for career punt returns, punt return yards in a game, season and career. Wehrli was a two-time All-Big 8 player and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. That year, he was a unanimous All-America selection. A Senior Bowl participant, he was named to the 50-year Anniversary All-Senior Bowl team. He was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and played 14 years in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl recognition seven times.


Height 6'0

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1968 All-Conference
  • 1968 Led nation in punt returns
  • 1968 Unanimous All-America
  • 1967 All-Conference
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