Strief makes debut as 'Voice of the Saints' and as wait for redemption ends

Zach has high hopes for Black and Gold

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 09, 2018 - 6:56 pm

The new play-by-play announcer for WWL Radio and the New Orleans Saints Radio Network took over to call his first game Thursday night as the Saints took on the Jaguars in preseason action.

Zach Strief opened the game broadcast with an optimistic view of the coming season.

"The Saints roster is as deep as it has ever been and roster spots are hard to come by," Strief said as he took to the airwaves for the first time during a game, filling the shoes left vacant by the retirement of legendary broadcaster Jim Henderson.

A year after playing offensive lineman for a Saints team that was one play away from an NCF Championship game, Strief made it clear this year's Saints squad has the talent to go to the Super Bowl in Atlanta at the end of this season.

"This game is not the start of the season, but it is the start of the journey," Strief told listeners. "This journey ends in the shiny new home of our most hated rivals.  A rival whose home, come February, we could paint Black and Gold."

The Super Bowl takes place in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium, where the rival Falcons play.

Click here to read and listen to Strief's commentary...

"Are you ready for some football?  I know I am," the new 'Voice of the Saints' proclaimed as his former teammates and new Saints players took to the field for first time of the 2018 campaign.

Strief notes that it has been a painful wait for the Saints faithful who were so disappointed with the way last season's playoff run ended.

"The wait for redemption has been long, but alas, the wait is over, football has returned."

Along side Saints Color Analyst Deuce McAllister, his former teammate, Strief then called Saints preseason game number one in Jacksonville Florida.

Listen to Strief calling some of the key plays of the game...

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