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• Native of Parkston, South Dakota, grew up near former Vikings LB Chad Greenway's hometown and signed with the team as a free agent just days after Greenway's retirement.
OFF THE FIELD Avid outdoorsman, enjoys hunting and fishing in all 4 seasons...Majored in interdepartmental studies at Iowa...Younger brother, Brady, is a defensive lineman at Iowa...A standout wrestler with 3 state titles under his belt and a 121-1 record, was recruited for wrestling and football at South Dakota State...Took part in 2nd annual Celebrity Walleye Classic fishing tournament hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire in his home state of South Dakota to raise money to support their programs for local kids.
PRO Started all 15 regular-season games he appeared in and both playoff contests for the Vikings in his 1st season with the team...Acquired by the Vikings as a free agent from Detroit, he was the 1st player signed by the club when free agency opened on 3/9/17...Only missed 3 games in 5 seasons for Detroit, starting 69 of his 77 regular-season games played and the 1 playoff contest...Protected Lions QB Matthew Stafford as he set franchise record for career TD passes...Paved the way for Reggie Bush to rush for 1,006 yards in 2013, the lone 1,000-yard RB during his tenure with the Lions...Helped Detroit ascend from a 4-12 record during his rookie season to make the playoffs in 2014 and 2016, notching an 11-5 mark in 2014; the 11-5 mark was the best by the Lions since the 12-4 record in 1991...Originally joined the Lions as the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft, the 2nd T selected that year behind Minnesota taking Matt Kalil.