Ogemaw Heights Alum, Former Lion Anthony Zettel Retires from NFL

Ogemaw Heights alum and former Detroit Lion Anthony Zettel has announced his retirement from the NFL in a social media post on Thursday.

“I believe passion and energy is an essential part of being a leader and elite athlete,” Zettel wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “I have always said that when you lose those components, it is time to find something different that motivates and inspires you. Today I share bittersweet news that after much deliberation and reflection, I have decided to walk away from the sport that has given me so much over the years.”

Zettel played for five teams over five seasons in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions originally drafted Zettel with the No. 202 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Zettel’s most successful season came with the Lions in 2017. He started all 16 games, and he finished with 43 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits.

But Detroit waived him ahead of the 2018 season, and he joined the Cleveland Browns.

Zettel appeared in 15 games for Cleveland in 2018, tallying 14 tackles. After being waived by Cleveland prior to the start of the 2019 season, Zettel spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and was on the Super Bowl roster of the San Francisco 49ers.

Zettel has played in 49 regular-season games over four years, recording 76 combined tackles and 7.5 sacks.

Zettel earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2014 as a junior and was a former Associated Press all-state selection at Ogemaw Heights.