The athletic career of John Neidert seemed at an end one dreary autumn day in 1968. He had just been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals mid-way through their first season in the American Football League. But the best was yet to come. Eight weeks later, Neidert pocketed a $15,000 check as a member of the world champion New York Jets, who defeated the Baltimore Colts in perhaps the most memorable of all Super Bowl games. Neidert picked up on waivers, was used as a reserve linebacker and special teams player by the Jets. Neidert earned All-City, All-District and All-Northeast Ohio honors as a guard at Hoban. After high school, Neidert had an outstanding collegiate career as a three-year starter at linebacker for the University of Louisville. He was twice an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection (1966 and '67) and was also named to the conference’s All-Academic team. He was taken by the Bengals in the sixth-round of the 1968 draft and played two seasons in the AFL.