Roger Wehrli

  • St. Louis Cardinals (1969-1982)

Roger Wehrli (* November 26, 1947 in New Point, Missouri, USA) is an American former American football player. He played as a cornerback in the National Football League ( NFL) with the St. Louis Cardinals.


Roger Wehrli was born in New Point, but grew up in King City, Missouri. He attended the High School. In addition to American football, he played basketball and was active as a track and field athlete. In all three sports, he was honored by his school several times because of his athletic achievements.

Playing career

College career

Wehrli studied from 1966 to 1968 at the University of Missouri and played for the " Missouri Tigers " Football. He ran to the defense of the team and played there as a cornerback. In the years 1966 and 1967 he was elected to the national team of the Big Eight Conference. He was also a 1968 defensive player of the year in the league a year and was elected in the same year, the All-American. In 1968 he was able to qualify his team for the Gator Bowl. Opponents in the game was the University of Arizona, who was beaten with 35:10. In all three years of study Wehrli was honored by his college for his sporting achievements. His jersey number 23 is no longer assigned there.

Professional career

Roger Wehrli was drafted in 1969 by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round at 19 point. Even in his rookie year, Wehrli was able to prevail as a starter. In addition to cornerback Wehrli played as punt returner. A league title could not win Wehrli with the Cardinals. In the years 1974, 1975 and 1982, he was able to move his team to the play offs. In 1974 he succeeded in the play-off game against the Minnesota Vikings intercept a pass from quarterback Fran Tarkenton, the Cardinals lost but still with 30:14. The Cardinals also eliminated in 1975 and 1982 in the first round. After 193 games for the Cardinals Wehrli ended after the 1982 season his career.

After the NFL

Wehrli is married and has two children. He now works as a businessman in St. Charles, Missouri.


Roger Wehrli was seven times elected to the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. Six times he was elected to the All- Pro. He is a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, in the Missouri Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL 1970s All- Decade Team. The Arizona Cardinals honor him in the University of Phoenix Stadium on the Ring of Honor