With Athletic Republic, lifelong athlete sets his sights on the NFL

After two college sports injuries, Jordan Wettstein is training to be an NFL athlete at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Center.

Despite two college sports injuries, Jordan Wettstein is now chasing his NFL dreams at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Center.

Hello everyone!

My name is Jordan Wettstein and I am a 2008 graduate of De Pere High School.  I was a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and golf for two years before tearing my ACL my junior year and breaking a part of my heel my senior year playing soccer.

Corey Kunzer from Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine did a great job getting me back to full strength in order to have the opportunities you are about to read about below.

I always wanted to kick a football in high school, but never had the chance because the coach at the time wanted everyone to play both offense and defense.  I decided to try and pursue my dream of kicking at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

athleticRepublicI walked onto the Big Ten Gopher Football Team the spring of my freshman year.  For two and a half years, I sat around waiting for an opportunity that may or may not have came.

During my sophomore summer, I played for a small semi-pro team in the area called the Green Bay Gladiators.  It was here that I was given an opportunity to kick for the first time.  Halfway through my junior year of eligibility for the Gophers, the starting scholarship kicker went down with a hamstring injury.  They had no choice but to put in the kid that never played high school football.  The first game I started was against the Iowa Hawkeyes, where I made my first ever collegiate field goal of 26 yards and executed a perfect surprise onside kick that allowed us to win the game!

Jordan is working with Athletic Republic trainers to prepare for Pro Day and kicking camps this spring.

Jordan is working with Athletic Republic trainers to prepare for Pro Day and kicking camps this spring.

I finished out the second half of the season as the starting kicker, earning myself a scholarship in the meantime.  I went 6/6 on field goals, with a long of 51 yards, and even scored a touchdown on a fake field goal against the Wisconsin Badgers.

This past 2012 season, I was able to beat out the other kicker for the starting position during two a day camp.  I started out the season kicking the game winning field goal over UNLV in triple overtime and earning a scholarship that following Monday.

The season didn’t turn out perfect for me personally, but was successful nonetheless.  Our team had enough wins to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston, Texas.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect way to end my collegiate career.  It took me four and a half years, but I earned two degrees in accounting and finance as well.

Here I am today, back in Green Bay, Wisconsin, still trying to pursue that dream of kicking.  Only this time, it is for the NFL.  For the next two months or so, I will training with some of the best people Athletic Republic and Aurora have to offer.  It will be a rigorous program that will allow me to perform my best during my pro day and kicking camps in March and April.

I will keep an up-to-date blog with interviews, testimonials, workouts, etc. so you can know how everything is going.  Please ask questions and comment about anything you would like to know about and I will get back to you and try to help in anyway that I can.

Thanks so much and look forward to talking/seeing everyone soon!

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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