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In two seasons as left offensive guard at Wayne State College, Ruben Mendoza earned Second Team All-American honors as a junior in 1984 and was First Team Kodak All-American as a senior in 1985. He played on the 1984 team that set the NAIA National Record with 538 pass attempts in single season and was called for just two holding penalties. Mendoza was a two-time All Central States Intercollegiate Conference and two-time NAIA All-District 11 selection. After his WSC career, Mendoza played three seasons of professional football with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Phoenix Cardinals. He served as director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame (2005-09) and also served as coordinator of strength and conditioning at Mississippi while also working at Clemson, Tennessee-Chatanooga and South Carolina. He currently serves as head strength and conditioning coach at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Mendoza was inducted into the WSC Athletics Hall of Fame on September 29, 2008.