Zach Strief

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Zach Strief
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Strief in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 64     New Orleans Saints
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-09-22) September 22, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: 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
Debuted in 2006 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2013
Games played 105
Games started 41
Fumble recoveries 0
Stats at NFL.com

Zachary David Strief (born September 22, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Since the 2012 season Strief has served as one of the Saints' two offensive team captains, alongside quarterback Drew Brees.

High school and college career[edit]

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 Chicago 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 "[h]ard 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[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

He was drafted by the 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 re-signed with the Saints on a five year extension during free agency in 2014.[6] This is the second time he has been resigned in free agency.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Strief was previously married to former Saintsation Mandy Schexnaydre.[1][9][10][11]

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![12]

Strief was elected as the Saints' representative to the National Football League Players Association Board of Player Representatives for the 2014 season.[13]

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