||John was best known as an imposing force at tackle on the gridiron, standing 6'6" and weighing 235 lbs. He was also a starting center in basketball and a track athlete. As a football player, John was an "All-Big 8" selection at offensive tackle in 1967, and at both offensive and defensive tackle in 1968. He closed out a brilliant senior year by being selected to the "All-State" team and as a "first team Prep All-American" offensive tackle by Scholastic and also Coach and Athlete magazines.
Highly recruited by major college football programs, John ultimately decided to accept an academic and athletic scholarship to Harvard. He played for two years for the Crimson.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.