1968 was a magical year for Roger Wehrli. As a Missouri senior he intercepted seven passes—a record that still stands in Columbia today. Wehrli also led the nation in punt returns that season. He was a consensus All-American and was named the Big 8 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. He also helped Mizzou to a 35-10 win over Alabama in the Gator Bowl. As time passed his play was remembered and recognized. In 1990 he was inducted into the University of Missouri’s Hall of Fame and he had his #23 jersey retired by the school. Roger Wehrli has one more honor to receive. Yesterday the College Football Hall of Fame announced it’s class of 2003 and Wehrli was one of 13 players and coaches named. He’ll go in with players like Joe Theisman and Barry Sanders, and former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry. Wehrli went on to a successful career with the St. Louis Cardinals where he was a seven-time Pro Bowl Selection. Induction ceremonies will be in New York this December.
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