Marty Wendell
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Personal information
Born:(1926-11-22)November 22, 1926
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died:March 7, 2012(2012-03-07) (aged 85)
Wheeling, Illinois, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Evanston (IL) St. George
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1948 / Round: 8 / Pick: 63
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Martin Peter Wendell (November 22, 1926 – March 7, 2012) was an American football guard who played one season with the Chicago Hornets of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eighth round of the 1948 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame and attended St. George High School in Evanston, Illinois.[1]

Early years

Wendell played high school football for the St. George High School Dragons as a quarterback.[2]

College career

Wendell joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1944 as a fullback and linebacker. He did not play for Notre Dame in 1945 due to being in the United States Navy. However, he did play football for the Great Lakes Navy Bluejackets. Wendell returned to Notre Dame in 1946 was moved from fullback on offense to center while still playing linebacker on defense. In 1947, he was moved to guard on offense while still playing linebacker.[2] He started at guard and linebacker his senior year in 1948 and earned All-American honors.[2][3] After the 1948 season, head coach Frank Leahy called him the best linebacker he had ever coached. Wendell lettered all four years he played for the Fighting Irish and was later billed as the first Notre Dame player to win three letters at three different positions (FB/C/G).[2] He majored in business administration at Notre Dame.[3]

Professional career

Wendell was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the 33rd pick in the 1948 AAFC Draft. He was also selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 63rd pick in the 1948 NFL Draft.[1]

Wendell played in ten games, starting eight, for the Chicago Hornets in 1949.[4]

He was later selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the second round of the 1950 AAFC dispersal draft.[5]

Personal life

Wendell became a successful businessman in his hometown after his football career. He was later inducted in the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ a b "MARTY WENDELL". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Zeke O'Connor & Marty Wendell-two of Leahy's Lads". December 18, 2014. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Notre Dame Scholastic" (PDF). December 10, 1948. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Martin Wendell". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "ALLOCATION DRAFT" (PDF). p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2015.