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5 Things to Know About New Vikings DE Anthony Zettel

View photos of DE Anthony Zettel who the Vikings agreed to terms with on Wednesday.

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced that they have agreed to terms with defensive end Anthony Zettel.

Zettel is listed at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds.

Here are five things to know about the newest Vikings defensive end.

1. A former Lion

Zettel was a 2016 sixth-round draft pick of the Lions. He played in 29 career games with Detroit in 2016 and 2017, starting 16 games and recording 7.5 total sacks in that time. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his time with Detroit.

2. Career game vs. Vikings

Zettel's best game as a pro came in 2017 against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. He recorded a pair of sacks — the only multi-sack game of his career — as he got to former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum in the second and third quarter. He also recovered a fumble in a 14-7 Detroit win.

3. Played in Super Bowl LIV

Zettel signed with the 49ers in December of 2019 after playing four games during the season with the Bengals. He played in the season finale for San Francisco, and also in all three of the 49ers playoff games, including against the Vikings in the Divisional round. Zettel played 15 defensive snaps and 13 snaps on special teams in Super Bowl LIV.

4. Proud Penn Stater

Zettel played for Penn State from 2012-2015, where he recorded 20 career sacks and had 38 tackles for loss and four interceptions (including a pick-six) with the Nittany Lions. He also had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his college career. Zettel earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2014.

ESPN reported in 2016 that Zettel earned an A in college for his dance of Michael Jackson's Thriller in a music video and accompanying paper and speared a decaying tree stump while gathering some firewood.

5. All-around athlete

Zettel attended Ogemaw Heights High School in northern Michigan. He was a First-Team All-State selection as a senior and excelled in other sports. Zettel lettered in baseball, basketball and track and field, enjoying success in multiple events.

He set a Michigan high school state record in the shot put with a throw of 61 feet, 8 inches, although the record has since been broken. He won two straight state titles in the shot put and finished second in discus as a senior. Zettel also participated in the 100-meter dash and ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay squad.

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