NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - There wasn't a dry eye in the Saints Facility in Metairie Monday after New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief announced his retirement.
As Strief choked back tears while making the announcement, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees couldn't help but weep as he watched his teammate, longtime offensive line protector, and friend's career come to an end.
Strief was drafted in the first Sean Payton class in 2006. He was a 7th round pick out of Northwestern University. That was also Drew Brees' first year in New Orleans.
Strief has only played for the Saints, spanning a 12-year career, becoming a starter in 2011.
He is one of three Saints on the roster from the Superbowl team along with Brees, Thomas Morstead, and Chase Daniel.
Like Brees, Strief was also a team captain.