Athlete Profile: John Weidenaar

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Name: John Weidenaar
Sport: Football
Position: Offensive line
Hometown: Manhattan, Mont.
Major: Agricultural business
Year in School: Redshirt freshman

What is the best part of playing offensive lineman?
Getting to hit somebody every play. Also, being with a cohesive group of guys you can always be around.

When and why did you start playing?
I started in fifth and sixth grade Pee Wee football. My parents wanted me to be active, and I liked it because I was good at it. I was pretty big as a kid.

What is your favorite thing about football and why?
In college, lots of people look up to you as some sort of superhero, but really, we’re real people. Being a believer [in God], I want to spread those beliefs that I don’t just live for myself, but my Savior.

Why did you come to MSU?
I wanted to go to Oregon State or Boise State. MSU was the last place I wanted to come because it was so close to home. But Agriculture is something I wanted to go into, and I liked that there was a core group of believers on the team. I liked the coaching staff and I felt this program was on the rise and in contention for the Conference Championships and National Championships. I feel this is where the Lord led me to come play.

What do you do to prepare before a game?
I go through meetings, and try to play the game in my head a little bit. I play the opponent I’ve watched on tape. I listen to music and sometimes devotionals. Scripture helps me settle down a lot.

Do you plan to continue competing in football in the future?
If that’s what the Lord has planned for me. The NFL has been a dream of mine. I’ve also thought about the Bible college in Augusta if the NFL doesn’t work out.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Time management and having the tools to be successful.

Have you received any awards while playing football?
I was the National FCS Freshman of the Week.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
Colossians 3:23 – We do all things for the glory of the Lord, not man.
That’s the verse I’ve picked out for my career while I’m here. I write it on my cleats as a reminder.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I go fishing when I can and be around my friends.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
Chemistry. I don’t know why, but it just clicks.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU football?
We’re just normal people. Don’t be afraid to come up and say hi or talk about a game.