Zach Strief

Zachary David Strief (born September 22, 1983) is a former American football offensive tackle who played 12 seasons for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).

Zach Strief
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Strief in 2012
No. 64
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:September 22, 1983 (age 35)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Milford (OH)
College:Northwestern
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 7 / Pick: 210
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:158
Games started:94
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

High school and college career

A native of the Cincinnati suburb of Milford,[1] Strief attended Milford High School and earned All-Midwest Region honors with the Eagles football team.[2] Besides football he also earned varsity letters in basketball and track and field. He was also an honor student.[3] In January 2009 Milford High announced to it would retire Strief's number 63 jersey (which he also wore in college), only the second jersey to be retired by Milford.[2]

Strief attended Northwestern University in Evanston and redshirted his first year. By his junior season he became starting right tackle for Wildcats and started in 40 straight games under Mike Dunbar, who was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator.[1] He earned consensus Second-team All-Big Ten honors twice and was named an All-American by the FWAA during his senior season, becoming the Wildcats' first offensive lineman to win national recognition since Chris Hinton.[3] NFLDraftScout.com described him as a "hard worker who has no problems digesting a complicated playbook."[3] He graduated with a degree in communication studies and sociology in 2005.[4]

Professional career

He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After backing up Jon Stinchcomb for five years, in the 2011 season he became the team's starting right tackle with Stinchcomb's retirement[1] and part of the Saints' offensive line that won the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award as the best offensive line in the NFL.[5] (He also shared in the same award as a backup in 2009.)

Strief was a 2013 Pro Bowl alternate but was not selected to the game.

Strief re-signed with the Saints on a five-year extension during free agency in 2014.[6] This is the second time he re-signed in free agency.[7][8]

Strief was elected as the Saints' representative to the National Football League Players Association Board of Player Representatives for the 2014 season.[9] He has also served as an offensive team captain since the 2012 season.[10]

In 2017, Strief suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings and missed the next two weeks. He returned in Week 4, only to re-injure the knee and was placed on injured reserve on October 3, 2017.[11]

On March 12, 2018, Strief announced his retirement from the NFL.[12]

Broadcasting career

On July 25, 2018, Strief was named as the play-by-play voice announcer for Saints radio broadcasts, replacing the retired Jim Henderson. Strief works with color analyst and former teammate Deuce McAllister on the broadcasts.[13]

Personal life

Strief was previously married to former Saintsation Mandy Schexnaydre.[1][14][15][16]

Since moving to New Orleans, Strief has set up a foundation which organizes youth camps and aids Milford student-athletes.[2] In 2009, he produced a cookbook for charity entitled When You're the Biggest Guy on the Team![17]

After retiring from the NFL, Strief has opened the brewery Port Orleans in New Orleans.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Goheen, Kevin (August 28, 2012). "Zach Streif gets unexpected return home from Hurricane Isaac". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  2. ^ a b c "Milford High School Retires Zach Strief's Jersey". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 7, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Zach Strief, Northwestern, NFL Draft". CBS Sports.
  4. ^ Baker, Matt (May 3, 2006). "NU's Strief finds NFL home with New Orleans Saints". The Daily Northwestern (via CSTV).
  5. ^ Mickles, Sheldon (February 1, 2012). "Brees wins FedEx honor; o-line takes Madden Protectors Award". The Advocate.
  6. ^ "Zach Strief, New Orleans Saints agree to terms on 5-year contract". neworleanssaints.com. March 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "T Zach Strief Signs RFA Tender". neworleanssaints.com. April 12, 2010.
  8. ^ "A Look at Saints' 2014 Free Agents in Order of Importance". thesainsnation.com. February 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "2014 NFLPA Board of Player Representatives". NFLPA.
  10. ^ New Orleans Saints bio
  11. ^ Alper, Josh (October 3, 2017). "Saints place Zach Strief on injured reserve". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief announces retirement". NewOrleansSaints.com. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Zach Strief tapped as new Saints radio announcer". WGNO.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Saintsations Alumni
  15. ^ "Our Quarterback Is In His Hands: An Interview with Zach Strief". The Times-Picayune. October 22, 2009.
  16. ^ "Strief bound for Super Bowl XLIV". Milford-Miami Advertiser. February 3, 2010. p. A9.
  17. ^ Triplett, Mike (June 4, 2009). "New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief shows off his other talents in cookbook". The Times-Picayune.

External links

2002 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2002 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker.

2003 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2003 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker.

2004 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2004 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2004 Big Ten Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2005 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 2005 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Coaches" team); and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players (the "Media" team).

2005 College Football All-America Team

The 2005 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following All-American Teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Football News, and Rivals.com.

The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 2005 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ryan Field and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Randy Walker. This was Randy's last season as the Wildcats' coach, as he would die from a heart attack following the season. The Wildcats finished tied for 3rd place in the Big Ten with a conference record of 5-3.

2006 New Orleans Saints season

The 2006 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 40th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team returning to New Orleans after a year in exile from the city, and trying to improve on their 3–13 record in 2005. All of the team's 2006 regular season home games were played in the Louisiana Superdome, which had been unplayable for the entire 2005 season after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Led by a new coach, Sean Payton, and a new quarterback, Drew Brees, the Saints enjoyed their most successful season up to that time, reaching the NFC Championship Game for the first time in franchise history.

Believed by many as the greatest Saint of all time, this was Drew Brees' first season with the Saints, after spending his first 5 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and the Saints signed him after the Miami Dolphins famously passed on Brees and signed Daunte Culpepper instead.

2015 New Orleans Saints season

The 2015 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, the 40th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the ninth under head coach Sean Payton. On November 16, 2015, the Saints hired Dennis Allen to replace the fired Rob Ryan. However, the Saints still missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season. The Saints set a new league record for the most passing touchdowns allowed with 45.

2016 New Orleans Saints season

The 2016 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 41st to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the 10th under head coach Sean Payton. The Saints matched their 7–9 record from 2014 and 2015, and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Big 33 Football Classic

The Big 33 Football Classic is an all-star American football game featuring the top high-school football players in Pennsylvania. Played since 1957, the game is often described as the "Super Bowl of High School Football." Contests currently pit players from Pennsylvania against players from Maryland, but opponents in the past have also included players from Ohio and Texas. Recent games have been held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

While the game was originally played with the best 33 players in each state (hence its name), the organizers added a 34th player to give kickers a chance to be separate of the 33 count as to give one more non-kicker a chance to be named to the Big 33. Thus, there are 34 players from each state who are invited to play in this game on the original roster. If there are players that are selected are unable to play, the staff of the team and the Big 33 will select other players to fill their places on the roster.

In 2006 the game was moved from mid-late July to mid-late June due to the NCAA rule changes that made some coaches prohibit many players from these teams from playing in the game due to the closeness of the upcoming summer practices.

In October 2012 it was announced that Pennsylvania had dropped Ohio from the BIG 33 game and replaced them with Maryland.

Dante Ridgeway

Dante DeAndre Ridgeway (born April 18, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ball State.

Ridgeway also played for the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, and New Orleans Saints.

List of New Orleans Saints broadcasters

The New Orleans Saints' flagship station is WWL 870 AM (simulcast on WWL 105.3 FM), the oldest radio station in the city of New Orleans and one of the nation's most powerful as a clear-channel station with 50,000 watts of power. Zach Strief (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color commentator), and Kristian Garic (sideline reporter) form the broadcast team. Former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert hosts the post-game call-in show, "The Point After," and also performs pre-game and halftime commentary.

List of New Orleans Saints players

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List of Northwestern Wildcats in the NFL Draft

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List of current National Football League broadcasters

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Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award

The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award is the trophy awarded annually to the best offensive line of the National Football League. The trophy, sponsored by Prilosec OTC, is named in honor of former NFL coach and commentator, John Madden. Designed and sculpted by artist Tom Tsuchiya, the award's shape is meant to evoke a castle wall with the figures of the five offensive line players representing crenellation. The bronze trophy, finished with a silver nitrate patina, weighs 102 lbs (42.3 kg) and stands 16​1⁄2" (42 cm) tall.

Five offensive lines are selected as finalists by John Madden and a team of four from the NFL Network: Jamie Dukes, Marshall Faulk, Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci before an online fan vote at NFL.com determines the winner.

Milford High School (Ohio)

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Ryan Ramczyk

Ryan Ramczyk ( RAM-chek; born April 22, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Ramczyk attended four different schools before transferring to Wisconsin–Madison in 2014, where he became an All-American lineman for the Badgers in the 2016 season.

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