Seeing professional athletes go straight from the playing field to the broadcast booth as an analyst is becoming common practice. Going directly from the playing field to becoming a play-by-play announcer? It’s unprecedented, but former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman, Zach Strief, could do just that.
“Have heard from multiple sources that former Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief is a strong and viable candidate to replace Jim Henderson as play-by-play man on the club’s radio broadcast team,” Times-Picayune columnist, Jeff Duncan, tweeted.
Throughout his career, Strief has been considered a media darling and popular within the New Orleans community. The retired offensive-lineman would be a surprise pick, but most likely a well-received one by Saints fans, to fill the void left by Jim Henderson on the team’s radio broadcast. After calling games for the last 30 years on WWL radio in New Orleans, Henderson’s voice became synonymous with the Saints.
“It’s time. This is a good year to go out,” Henderson said when announcing his retirement this past winter. “I will miss our Saints Radio broadcast team; I will miss calling the games. But, I’m looking forward to experiencing Saints football purely as a fan.”
Former Saints running back, Deuce McAllister, served as Henderson’s color analyst during the last two seasons. McAllister is expected to continue in the same role.
Rated as an all-pro by Pro Football Focus in 2016, the 12-year Saints’ offensive-lineman, Zach Strief, has no broadcast experience, but did graduate from Northwestern University with degrees in communication studies and sociology in 2012. WWL radio host Kristian Garic, TV anchor Mike Hoss, and college football play-by-play announcer Tim Brando are all additional candidates for the Saints’ radio opening according to 247Sports.com.