Dr. Greg A. Werner
Graduation Year: 1989
Induction Year: 2006
Sport (s): Baseball, Football

Dr. Greg A. Werner '89 has a claim to fame that few former DePauw athletes can boast – he played tight end in the National Football League for the New York Jets (1989) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1990). He signed as a free agent with the Jets after impressing the scouts with his speed and play on special teams. In the first three exhibition games with the Jets, he caught three passes for 50 yards. While playing 10 games for the Jets, he had eight receptions for 115 yards. His success in football began before the NFL and included 119 career pass receptions for 1,742 yards at DePauw, a record that ranks ninth in school history. He shares the school record with three touchdown receptions in a single game. He was named an all-American in football in 1988. In his senior season at DePauw, he caught 47 passes for 634 yards and nine touchdowns. Werner also earned four varsity letters in baseball at DePauw. His record as a pitcher was 13-8, and during his senior year his pitching record was 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. After graduating from DePauw with a B.A. in economics and playing in the NFL, Greg earned a D.D.S. with high distinction honors at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1998. He completed a Master of Science degree and certificate of orthodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2000. He runs his own orthodontic practice, Cowan and Werner Orthodontics, in Indianapolis and Greenfield, Ind. In addition to his family and work, he enjoys coaching youth football and baseball, playing golf and running. He and his wife, Nancy Cowan Werner '89, reside in McCordsville, Ind., with their four children: Ellen, Daniel, Peter and Thomas.