Report: Saints OT Zach Strief To Retire
A member of the lauded New Orleans Saints 2006 draft, offensive tackle Zach Strief was a 7th round draft pick out of Northwestern who has left an indelible mark on the franchise.
Strief, 34, is expected to retire, according to a report from Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network.
As a backup for his first 5 seasons in New Orleans, fans grew accustomed to hearing officials say, "Number 64 is reporting as tackle eligible." During the 2009 Super Bowl winning season, the Saints used Strief often in heavy jumbo package formations, using him as an extra blocker on the edge.
In 2011, Strief became the starting right tackle, holding down the position for the next 7 seasons when healthy, improving each year. In 2012, he was voted an offensive team captain, and served as one each season moving forward.
He tore his ACL and MCL in week 4 last season, spending the rest of the campaign on IR.
Known for his honesty, Strief was widely regarded by the media as the best interview on the team.
He was busy in the community during his playing career, starting a foundation that organized youth football camps.
In 2009, he released a cookbook titled, "When You're the Biggest Guy on the Team!".
Last year, Strief opened up Port-Orleans Brewery, and serves as part owner.
A consummate professional, he was often referenced by his coaches for his professionalism.
Once his retirement becomes official, the Saints will save $2.775 million against the salary cap.
Drew Brees is now solely the longest tenured member of the Saints, having been with the team since 2006. Thomas Morstead is second on the list, as he was drafted in 2009.
Following Strief's retirement, Brees and Morstead are the only members of the Saints left who were part of the 2009 Super Bowl championship.