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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Tackle Riley Reiff

Riley Reiff is the newest member of the Vikings offensive line, as Minnesota announced Friday that it has signed the offensive tackle.

Reiff, the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, spent the previous five seasons with the Detroit Lions.

The 28-year-old has appeared in 77 career games and has 69 career starts.

Here are five things to know about Reiff:

1. Switching it up

Reiff was Detroit's starting left tackle from 2013-2015 before switching to the right side in 2016. Reiff made 14 starts last season and was whistled for just three penalties – one false start and two holding calls – according to

View images of Vikings new T Riley Reiff from his days with the Detroit Lions.

2. Knowing the NFC North

Although Reiff is switching allegiances in the NFC North, he likely has a good feel for the division. He has played 27 career games inside the NFC North, including nine games against the Vikings. He has also squared off nine times against the Bears and nine times against the Packers.


3. College roots

Reiff played three seasons at the University of Iowa. He started 37 games for the Hawkeyes, primarily at left tackle, but also played left guard and right tackle. He was a First-Team All-American as a senior.


4. Pride of South Dakota

Reiff is the only player on the Vikings roster who hails from South Dakota. Reiff's hometown of Parkston is 35 miles from the hometown of Chad Greenway, who also played collegiately at Iowa. Greenway retired Tuesday after 11 seasons with the Vikings.


5. High school accolades

Reiff and Greenway also share an award in common, as they were both named the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year during their respective senior seasons. Reiff was a First-Team All-State selection three times, as a tight end his senior year and as a defensive end his junior and sophomore years. He also lettered in golf, track and wrestling, and was a three-time state wrestling champion with a career record of 121-1.

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