NFL CAREER – A tall, lean, muscular athlete with the ability to play multiple positions, Anzalone has made an impact for New Orleans since being drafted in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft (76th overall) out of Florida. In 2019, Anzalone's season was cut short due to a shoulder injury. He appeared in two games recording seven solo tackles and one sack before being placed on Injured Reserve. Overall, in three seasons he has appeared in 22 games with 11 starts on the inside and the outside, posting 82 tackles (63 solo), four sacks, one interception, three passes defensed and three forced fumbles. The talented linebacker looks to bounce back in 2020.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 9/16/19; Placed on Injured Reserve, 10/4/17; Signed to a four-year contract, 6/02/17; Selected in the third round (76th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
2019 – Vs. Houston, Sept. 9, played on both defense and one special teams, finishing with five solo tackles and a sack…At L.A. Rams, Sept. 15, played on defense and special teams, finishing with two solo tackles…Placed on Injured Reserve, Sept.16. 2018 – Played in all 16 regular season games with seven starts and appeared in both postseason contests with one start…Finished with 59 tackles (45 solo), two sacks, a two-yard interception return, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles…Added three stops (one solo) in postseason…Vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 9, started at WLB and recorded four tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble…At Atlanta, Sept. 23, started at MLB and posted one solo tackle…At N.Y. Giants, Sept. 30, started at MLB and posted six stops…Vs. Washington, Oct. 8, saw action on defense and special teams and recorded a tackle…At Minnesota, Oct. 28, played on defense and special teams, finishing with five tackles (four solo) and his first career forced fumble…Vs. L.A. Rams, Nov. 4, played on defense and special teams. Recorded five tackles (three solo), one pass defensed, and his first career interception with 1:06 left in second quarter...At Cincinnati, Nov. 11, started at MLB, tied for team lead with five tackles (four solo) and added a sack for a nine-yard loss…Vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 18, played on defense and special teams and recorded three tackles (two solo)…Vs. Atlanta, Nov. 22, started at MLB, finishing with a career-high six solo tackles, one pass defensed, and a forced fumble right before the end of the first half…At Dallas, Nov. 29, started at MLB and finished with five tackles (three solo)…At Tampa Bay, Dec. 9, played on defense and special teams, recording two solo tackles…At Carolina, Dec. 17, played on defense and special teams, finishing with four tackles (three solo)…Vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23, played on defense, finishing with four total tackles (three solo) and one sack...Vs. Carolina, Dec. 30, started at MLB and led team with six tackles (five solo)…Made first career playoff start at MLB in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Philadelphia, 1/13/19, finishing with an assisted tackle…Played on defense and special teams in the NFC Championship, vs. L.A. Rams, 1/20/19, recording two tackles (one solo). 2017 – Started the first four games at WLB and posted 16 tackles, one sack, and one pass defensed, before being placed on Injured Reserve, Oct. 4…In his NFL regular season debut at Minnesota, Sept. 11, recorded three tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed…Recorded five tackles (four solo) and one sack vs. New England, Sept. 17...In the victory at Carolina, Sept. 24, recorded a career-high seven tackles (four solo)…Recorded a solo tackle at Miami in Wembley Stadium, Oct. 1, before leaving game in the first quarter (shoulder).
COLLEGE – Played in 32 career games at the University of Florida with ten starts and finished his college career with 75 tackles, three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery…As senior, ranked third on Gators with 53 tackles in 2016, starting first eight games before suffering season-ending broken forearm at Arkansas…Also tallied three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery…Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll…As junior, started the first two games of the season before suffering season-ending shoulder injury, registering six tackles...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…As sophomore played in all 12 games as a backup linebacker and on special teams...Totaled 14 tackles with one stop for loss...Earned the team's Chris Patrick Courage Award and named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Battled through injuries as a freshman to play in ten games and totaled two stops.
PERSONAL – Helped Wyomissing (Pa.) HS to its first Class AA state championship in 2012, finishing 16-0, a school single-season record for wins...Selected to 2013 Under Armour All-American Game...Finished his senior year with over 1,000 rushing yards and 30 TDs and registered over 100 tackles...Earned a spot on the 247Sports Class of 2013 All-America team...Named as the 2012 Class AA Player of the Year as part of Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State team...As a junior, was named first-team All-State, All-Region and All-County...In 2011, ran for over 900 yards and scored 13 touchdowns and was named to the All-State team…Active in local efforts to encourage dog adoption….Born Sept. 22, 1994.