Anthony Zettel using NFL Combine bench press to fight rare diseases

Anthony Zettel is a former All-Big Ten defensive lineman.
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Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel is planning to do more than help himself at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

The 6-foot-4, 278-pounder’s bench press numbers will translate to money raised to support the rare disease community. 

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Zettel’s "Reps For Rare Diseases" is a campaign being run by Uplifting Athletes, a charity with chapters at many colleges across the country at both the FBS and FCS levels, including Penn State. 

Per a press release, the Uplifting Athletes chapter at Penn State has raised more than $1 million for kidney cancer research and to assist the rare disease community. 

Zettel lost his father, Terry, to cancer last September

Zettel has volunteered for "Lift For Life" every summer he was at Penn State, the release says.

Zettel will not be the only player hoping to raise money for charity at the Combine as participants from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia will compete for military members who have been injured.