Former Saints Offensive Lineman Zach Strief Becomes Team's Play-by-Play Voice

After 12 years blocking for the Saints, Zach Strief will join Deuce McAllister in the booth and serve as the team's play-by-play voice

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Last year, Zach Strief was blocking for Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara. This year, he’ll be calling their plays – not in the huddle, but in the radio booth. 

Strief, who spent his entire 12-year career with the Saints, will team with Deuce McAllister to provide play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, for WWL.

It’s pretty impressive to see a player go from the huddle to the booth in just a couple of months.

“Well, first of all, it remains to be seen if it’s impressive,” Strief said on Taz & The Moose, laughing. “Jim Henderson, who is an absolute legend in New Orleans – tremendous announcer and man – he’s with us for 32 years and he walks away. This is a job opening that is not ever open in New Orleans. It was the one opening that I felt like was worth all of the work and effort.”

While Strief does not have extensive radio experience, he did major in communication at Northwestern.

“I knew it was a huge challenge, and I also already had a huge appreciation beforehand of how difficult it is to do play-by-play on radio,” he said. “I have more so of an appreciation now. I spent a lot of time working on it and reaching out for help. I don’t think by any means I’m a finished product, but I think the excitement that the station felt could be created by two former players in the booth . . . was enticing. We’ll see how it works out.”

McAllister played for the Saints from 2001-09, meaning Strief, who played for the Saints from 2006-17, blocked for him for four seasons. Strief didn’t overshadow McAllister then, and he won’t try to overshadow him now.

“I think the goal and certainly my intent is not to become a second color guy in the booth,” Strief said. “First and foremost, we want to provide a professional broadcast experience for the fans and the listeners. My focus is on being the play-by-play (voice), by hosting, and by making Deuce look as good as I can. That's my intent and my focus going into this. That being said, I’m not a traditional broadcaster yet. I think there will be some uniqueness to it. Some of the downtime between plays is going to be a little bit different. I think me and Deuce have the ability to talk the game a little bit different than maybe he would have with another broadcaster.”