John currently plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and is a proud member of the 2013 Grey Cup Championship Team.
John was born in Gillette, Wyoming, where he grew up with a younger sister and brother. From a young age John had a love and talent for athletics, and by high school graduation he had found his true passion in football.
John earned a full athletic scholarship to Utah State University where he played football and was a 4 year starter for the Aggies. In 2002 he became the first USU freshman to start a season at defensive end in nine years. As a senior John was ranked 5th in the NCAA with 12.5 quarterback sacks and he was named 1st Team All Conference Defensive End for the Western Athletic Conference (Division 1A conference in the NCAA). His collegiate accomplishments earned him the opportunity to live his lifelong dream to play professional football. His first contract was with the Houston Texans of the NFL in 2006 where he attended training camp.
In 2007 John started the beginning of his career in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played in 13 regular season games at defensive end, played both playoff games with three defensive tackles and two quarterback sacks in the West Final. John still considers 2007 the highlight of his career as he was a part of the team that ended the Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 year Grey Cup drought and captured the 95th Grey Cup Championship. This was a game where John would have 4 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble, 2 pass breakups, and several assisted tackles. He finished the 2007 year with 23 defensive tackles, 5 quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown and was nominated as the Most Outstanding Rookie for 2007. In 2008 John missed 10 regular season games due to injury but started at defensive end in eight regular season games and the West Semi-Final. He finished the regular season with 13 defensive tackles, 3 quarter back sacks and two forced fumbles and added four defensive tackles and a fumble recovery in the Western Semi-Final. John started in 16 regular season games as well as the West Final and Grey Cup game in 2009. He finished the regular season with 32 defensive tackles, 11 quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries followed by four defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in the playoffs and four defensive tackles in the Grey Cup. Chick was named the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player as well as a CFL West Division All-Star and CFL All-Star for 2009.
John then returned to the NFL in 2010 where he joined the Indianapolis Colts and played in four preseason games. He then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in September of 2011 where he played 11 regular season games and finished the season with eight defensive tackles and 2.5 quarterback sacks. After spending his first six weeks on the injured list, Chick played eight regular season games in 2012 with the Jaguars and finished the season with two defensive tackles.
In May of 2013, John signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was welcomed back by the team and fans alike. He has again become an integral part of the team and the Riders 2013 Grey Cup Journey.
Outside of football, John is also a dedicated husband and father. He and his wife Catherine have 4 children – Camryn, Robert, Joshua, and Lucas to keep them busy.
After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14, John has always worked hard to maintain great health and accomplish his life dreams. He is also a practicing believer in Jesus Christ and deeply committed to his faith. These two attributes along with his professional successes prove him to be an extremely motivational and inspirational speaker.
John spends much of his off-season traveling the province and the country as a presenter in the Community Youth Challenge Program, a school program promoting health/wellness, drug-free and bully free environment. As an ambassador and spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as the Medtronic Diabetes of Canada, and as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders – John has the opportunity to participate in and speak at many local charity’s/fundraiser, school programs, business seminars, and camps. After his move to Indiana, John became involved with the Indiana chapter for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and continued to be involved in many of the same type of community events and activities through the Colts as he had been with the Roughriders. He continues to work with Medtronic of Canada and JDRF. John looks forward to his future involvement with his local community as well as maintaining his involvement in his home state of Wyoming.
While John loves his job as a professional athlete, he also loves and has a passion for sharing his time and story with others outside the realm of football. He would love the opportunity to meet – motivate – share with – and hopefully inspire your group.