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Strief joins WWL Radio to talk about his retirement

Mark Menard
March 12, 2018 - 10:27 pm

"I think we've had a great run, and we may be as good as we've ever been right now [on the offensive line]."

That's Zach Strief's take on the Saints' talent and depth in the most unsung department of any football team.

The now former Saints offensive tackle joined Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic on WWL Radio's Sports Talk to discuss walking away from the Black and Gold after 12 years anchoring the offensive line.

"I think there comes a time when it's time to turn the page," Strief said, "and I feel completely comfortable with the decision. I think it's the right one both for me and for the Saints organization. There's so much talent and leadership that's there, and I feel good walking away now. I think the team is in a great position. I'm excited to watch them with the fans next year."

Strief discussed what it's like being a crucial fifth of the Drew Brees Protection Agency, saying #9 makes guys want to give their all.

"You talk about his leadership and what makes him special," Strief said. "He causes you to feel a certain way. He causes you to have a sense of responsibility because he puts in so much. I know for me, it's always been a personal sense of pride and certainly a huge motivator for me to makes sure when I walk off that field, I didn't let him down. And I think I'm not alone in that. I think a ton of guys have felt that way."

Strief also talked about getting emotional during his farewell press conference.

"I saw Deuce (McAllister) before, and he said, 'Just don't cry.' After I saw how many guys had come back to say congratulations and how many people had come in to see me, I knew that was a foregone conclusion. As soon as that speech got personal, I knew I would start struggling."

Strief's retirement wraps up a 12-year career in the NFL, all of them spent in New Orleans after being drafted by the Saints out of Northwestern in 2006. You can hear the full audio of Strief's chat on WWL by clicking the podcast link.



Zach Strief hangs up the cleats

Bobby & Kristian talk with former Saints tackle Zach Strief about his retirement from the NFL.

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